Maxillaria lepidota Lindl. 1845 sect. Arachnites Christenson 2013 TYPE for sect. Photo by © Lourens Grobler.

Another Aspect

Flower Closeup Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Judy Carney

Plant and Flower in situ - Ecuador Photo by Patricia Harding

Part shadeWarmTo ColdSummer

Common Name The Scaled Maxillaria

Flower Size 2 1/4" [5.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador in high cool lower cloud forests at elevations of 47 to 4100 meters as a medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with ovate-oblong, compressed pseudobulbs with 3 to 4 basal, distichous, imbricating, scarious sheaths with linear-lanceolate, acute leaves that are attenuate to a short, conduplicate petiolate base and blooms on a basal, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from newly matured pseudobulbs and subtended by 3 to 5 basal, distichous, imbricating, scarious bracts and has a single, showy flower held at mid leaf occuring in the summer .

Synonyms Maxillaria lepidota Lindl. 1845 var albida Rchb.f 1878; Maxillaria pertusa Lindl. ex Rchb. f.1924; Maxillaria saxicola Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as M lepidota var albida; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo ok; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:94 Schlechter 1924 as M saxicola; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 398 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 1 1982 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 1988 as Subgen Camaridium drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 105 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideología Vol 22 #1 2001 drawing fideNative Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo maybe; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo ok; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo hmm