Maxillaria elatior (Rchb. f.) Rchb. f. 1863 sect. Erectae Pfitz 1889

Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Andy's Orchids

Another Clone

Photo by Nina Rach and Downs Matthews

FragrancePart shadeCoolTo WarmFall To Spring

Common Name The Sturdy Maxillaria

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in evergreen forests on larger branches at elevations of 400 to 1500 meters as a medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte with an upright climbing growth habit carrying 2" [5 cm] long, ovate, smooth to rugose, laterally compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, distichous, imbricate, deciduous, conduplicate leaf-bearing sheaths carrying one or two, 8" [20 cm] long by 2" wide, glossy, petiolate leaves that blooms in the fall, winter and spring on an apical, short, single flowered inflorescence emerging from maturing growths over several months and carrying fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Camaridium xylobiichilum Kraenzl. 1920; *Dicrypta elatior Rchb. f. 1843; Maxillaria albertii Schltr. 1923; Maxillaria triangularis Lindl. 1845; Maxillariella elatior (Rchb. f.) M.A. Blanco & Carnevali 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 3 1980 photo not = M inaudita; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 853 Dodson 1983 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1344 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1344a Atwood 1993 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993 photo ok; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; 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; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 as Maxillariella elatior photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #2 2011 as Maxilariella eliator photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #6 2011 as Maxillariella eliator photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Maxilariella eliator photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 82 #1 2018 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Maxillariella elatior; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as Maxillariella eliator photo fide