Maxillaria hedwigiae Hamer & Dodson 1982[1983] sect. Rufescens Christenson 2013

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FragrancePart ShadeHotWarmSpring

Common Name Hedwig's Maxillaria [Dr Hedwig Hamer, Wife of Fritz Hamer, author of Orchids Of El Salvador, among many current]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia in wet low montane forests at elevations of sealevel to 750 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with close set, compressed, rugose pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by a few, dry sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear, conduplicate towards the base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, basal, 3" [7.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence carrying flowers that smell of egg whites.

This species is similar to M rufescens but differs in having a pointed, orange lip with a broad, oblong callus and porrect lateral lobes, an oblong midlobe, white, elliptic sepals and petals as well as small verrucose pseudobulbs.

Synonyms Mormolyca hedwigiae (Hamer & Dodson) M.A.Blanco 2007; Xanthoxerampellia hedwigiae (Hamer & Dodson) Szlach. & Smiszek 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 800 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 1 1985 photo; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 4 1994 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata M sp #3983 = M hedwigiae; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 as Mormolyca hedwigiae photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #1 2010 as Mormolyca hedwigiae photo fide;Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Mormolyca hedwigiae photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Xanthoxerampellia hedwigiae; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as Mormolyca hedwigiae photo fide