Maxillaria leforii D.E.Benn. & Christenson 2001 Photo by Agroriente and their Peruvian Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Bennett & Christenson


Common Name Lefor's Maxillaria [American Botanist and Conservation advocate 1900-early 2000's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Junin Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 1450 meters small sized, cool, pendant growing epiphyte with small pseudobulbs enveloped by sheaths and carrying a single, linear, narrow, acuminate leaf that blooms in the late spring and summer on a short to 1.6" [4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute floral bracts that are as long as the ovary and carries strongly cupped flowers.

Most similar to M luerii which occurs at elevations of 300 to 600 meters, has narrower leaves, pinkish white flowers, obtuse sepals and a retuse labellum. but this one differs in it's higher altitude, and has wider leaves, pale violet flowers with ovate-lanceolate sepals and a trilobed labellum.

Synonyms Pseudocymbidium leforii (D.E.Benn. & Christenson) Szlach. & Sitko 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 697 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide;