Maxillaria kegelii Rchb.f. 1877 Drawing by Pabst

Part Shade Cool Cold Fall Winter Spring

Common Name Kegel's Maxillaria [German Orchid Gardener at Halle Botanical Gardens 1800's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela, Fr Guiana, Surinam and northern Brazil at elevations of 1900 to 2900 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to close set, oval, to disciform, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped by acute, distichous, imbricate, non-foliaceous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, linear, obtuse, attenuate below into the wide petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall, winter and spring on a 1 to 5, erect, peduncle 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long, enveloped by various tubular, oval-cucullate, to .8" [2 cm] long bracts, 3.2 to 4.8" [8 to 12 cm] long overall, single flowered inflorescence with bracts similar to the peduncle.

Synonyms Maxillaria amazonica Schltr. 1925; Maxillaria taracuana Schltr 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list as Hapalorchis lineata , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967 as M amazonica; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 4 Foldats 1970 as M amazonica drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 as Maxillaria amazonica drawing fide;