Maxillaria lehmannii Rchb.f 1886 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Head On Flower Photo by Dale and Deni Borders

Another Flower in Peru Photo by Alexander Reynolds and The UC Davis Botany Team


Common Name or Meaning Lehmann's Maxillaria [German Counsel to Colombia and Orchid enthusiast late 1800's]

Flower Size 4.4 to 5.2" [11 to 13 cm]

Found in western Ecuador and Peru in wet montane cloud forests on steep embankments at elevations of 700 to 2000 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or terrestrial with flattened, elliptical pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several leaf bearing sheaths and carries a single, apical, linear, obtuse leaf that is gradually conduplicate into the narrow, elongate, channeled petiole that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, 8" [20 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped completely by imbricating, tubular, acute bracts and arising on a mature pseudobulb holding the large flower at mid-leaf.

This species is often cited as a synonym of M grandiflora but differs by having a population occuring solely on the western slopes of the Andes with minimal variation and has very large flowers with rigid floral segments.

Similar to Maxillaria augusta-victoriae, M christensonii, M crispiloba, M colombiana, M dichroma, M doucetteana, M eburnea, M elegantula, M fletcheriana, M fucata, M grandiflora, M grandis, M irrorata, M sanderiana, and Maxillaria turkeliae

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 397 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 698 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing not =? [See Orquideologia Vol 22 #3 2003; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo good; Orquideologia Vol 22 #3 2003 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide