Maxillaria floribunda Lindl. 1845 Subgen Camaridium

In situ in southern Peru Photos by Eric Hunt

Part shadeCold Spring

Common Name The Many Flowered Maxillaria

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 2000 to 4150 meters as an ascending, medium to large sized, cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with an ascending, woody rhizome with 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] between each, adpressed to the rhizome, narrowly ovoid-pyriform, lightly compressed, sulcate pseudobulbs enveloped by several articulated, foliaceous sheaths each carrying narrower and shorter foliaceous sheaths and carrying an apical, single, oblong, obtuse to subacute apically, attenuate below into the narrow, furrowed, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 2 to 4, below or near the pseudobulb base, to 3.6" [9cm] long, single flowered inflorescence partially concealed by 5 to 6 imbricating, lanceolate bracts and has concave, slightly longer than the ovary floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 3 Schweinfurth 1960; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing hmm; Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 1988 as subgen Camaridium; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0106 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing hmm; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 693 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drwaing hmm;