Maxillaria jamesonii (Rchb.f.) Garay & C.Schweinf. 1970 sect. Aggregatae Pfitz 1889 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name Jameson's Maxillaria [Scottish chemist and Botanist in Quito 1800's]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in southern Colombia, Ecuador and northern Peru at elevations of 1770 to 3000 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a sparsely branched elongate rhizome, totally to mostly enveloped by close, tubular, marcescent sheaths with a triangular, acute apex, giving rise to a stem carrying distichous, deciduous in the lower portions of the branches, 4 to 5, persistent, held towards the apex, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, sharply acute, upper margins serrulate, cuneate towards the sessile base leaves that blooms in the spring on erect, several, one to few flowered inflorescence arising from the upper leaf axils.

The orchid in the photo by Jay Pfahl was photographed in situ in Quebrada Honda, Valle de Sibundoy in extreme southern Colombia and is a first record for that country.

Synonyms *Ornithidium jamesonii Rchb.f. 1876

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *First Supplement to the Orchids of Peru Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1970; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002