Maxillaria fletcheriana Rolfe 1913 sect. Iridifoliae Pfitz 1889

Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Howard Gunn

Lip Detail

Photo by Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Common Name Fletcher's Maxillaria [Botanic Garden Director, Edinburgh - late 1800's to 1900's]

Flower Size 3.2" [8 cm]

Found in eastern Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in extremely wet montane forests at elevations of 500 to 2800 meters as a small to medium sized, robust, warm to cold growing epiphyte with oblong-ovoid, slightly compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several scarious, distichous leaf sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic-oblong or oblong, acute or obtuse, shortly petiolate, channeled leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb enveloped basally by several loose, conduplicate, tubular sheaths and carrying showy, fragrant, long-lasting flowers.

Similar to Maxillaria augustae-victoriae, M christensonii, M colombiana, M crispiloba, M dichroma, M x doucetiana, M eburnea, M elegantula, M fucata, M grandiflora, M grandis, M irrorata, M lehmannii, M macropoda, M sanderiana and Maxillaria turkeliae

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 1 1958 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 452 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 #1 1985 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #1 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #2 2011 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 78 #2 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #6 2016 photo fide;