Maxillaria longissima Lindl. 1846 sect. Arachnites Christenson 2013 Photo by Weyman Bussey, plant grown by Jim Hamilton

Flower and plant Photo by David P. Banks, Australia copyrighted ©

Plant and Flowers in situ Ecuador Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Longest Petal Maxillaria

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 1350 to 2600 meters and as such is a medium sized, cool to cold growing, bracteate, unifoliate epiphyte with the pseudobulb enveloped by leaf sheaths that higher up carry linear-lanceolate leaves and a single, apical, linear-lanceolate leaf that blooms on a longer, basal, bracteate, single flowered inflorescence arising on a newly maturing pseudobulb holding the flowers amid or above the leaves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 2 1960 photo fide; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing hmm; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 1988 as subgen Camaridium; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; 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 good; Orquideología Vol 22 #1 2001 drawing fideAOS Bulletin Vol 86 #9 2017 photo fide;