Maxillaria lankesteri Ames 1924Photo by Eric Hunt

Plant and Flowers Photos by Daniel Jimenez

Another Color Form Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

Part shadeWarm TO CoolFall

Common Name Lankester's Maxillaria [American Botanist in Costa Rica early 1900's]

Flower Size 1/2" to 1" [1.25 to 2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in premontane rainforests at elevations of 600 to 1500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with 3.2" [8 cm ] between each, cylindric to slightly tapered pseudobulbs subtended by 1 to 2 foliate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous to fleshy, sessile, elliptic, unequally bilobed apically, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the fall in situ.

Synonyms Camaridium lankesteri (Ames) M.A.Blanco 2007; Chaseopsis aurantiaca (Schltr.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Maxillaria bilobulata Senghas 1993; Ornithidium aurantiacum Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 241. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Ornithidium aurantiacum; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993 as M bilobulata; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 6 2019 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide