Maxillaria lilliputana D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1995

Photo by Eric Hunt

Part shade CoolSpring

Common Name The Lilliputian Maxillaria [refers to the plants small size]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Peru in the lower levels of very wet cloud forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a cool growing epiphyte with ovoid-suborbicular, lightly compressed, glabrous pseudobulbs subtended by several imbricating, leafless below and leaf-bearing above sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, obtuse, subcoriaceous, conduplicate and constricted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a basal, 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, terete, single flowered inflorescence enveloped by 3 to 4, ovate, acute, tubular, bracts and a longer than the ovary floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 318 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing good; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014