Maxillaria lueri Dodson 1980

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Plant and Flowers Photo by Calaway Dodson

Deep shade HotCool LATER Spring

Common Name or Meaning Luer's Maxillaria [American Pleurothallidinae expert current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Amazonas Peru at elevations around 20 to 1400 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with a pendant, terete, branching at remote intervals stems enveloped completely by close, tubular, imbricating, verrucose sheaths and carrying a terete pseudobulb enveloped by 3 to 4, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying a single apical, extremely elongate, grass-like, articulated to the sheaths below, narrowly linear leaf that blooms in the later spring on a few, basal, single flowered, short inflorscence concealed by the leaf sheaths

Most similar to M leforii which occurs at elevations around 1400 meters, has wider leaves, pale violet flowers, ovate-lanceolate sepals and a trilobed labellum. but this one differs in it's lower altitude, and has narrower leaves, pinkish white flowers with obtuse sepals and a retuse labellum.

Synonyms Pseudocymbidium lueri (Dodson) Szlach. & Sitko 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 155 Dodson 1980 drwaing fide; Family #39 Orchidsacaeae, Subtribe Maxillarae and Oncidinae Atwood & Retana 1999 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide