Maxillaria longipetala Ruiz & Pavon 1798 sect. Aggregatae Pfitz 1889

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Yellow Color Form

Photo by Phillipe Musschoot in Belgium

Side View

Photo By Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dale Martin

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing By Ruiz & Pavon


Common Name The Long Petal Maxillaria

Flower Size 4 1/2" [11.25 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela as medium to large sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte found at elevations of 800 to 1800 meters with slightly compressed, recumbent pseudobulbs carrying a single apical, linear-lanceolate, narrowing below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall, winter and spring on an erect, 5" [12.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and enveloped by 4 to 5, loose, tubular, acuminate bracts.

CAUTION IF YOU HAVE A Lycaste/Sudamerlycaste with this name, many references starting with Dunsterville refered to this name or to M. triloris, but it was erroneously identified and that species can be found as Sudamerlycaste castanea.

Synonyms Dendrobium longipetalum (Ruiz & Pav.) Pers. 1807; Lycaste longipetala [Ruiz & Pavon] Garay 1962; *Maxillaria longipetala Ruiz & Pavon 1798; Maxillaria luteo-grandiflora hort. 1871, Maxillaria triloris E. Morren 1870

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as M triloris drawing fide; * Studies in American orchids VI Canadian Journal of Botany 34(2):241-260 Garay 1962 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 as M triloris drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as M triloris drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 # 9 1967 as M triloris; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 as M triloris photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993 as M triloris photo ok; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 as M triloris photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as M triloris drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 as M triloris photo ok; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo hmm; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 as M triloris photo/drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 6 2004 as M triloris; Orquideologia Vol 24 #1 2005 as M triloris photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 as M triloris photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 27 #1 2010 as M triloris photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 6 2019 as M triloris photo fide;