Maxillaria macrura Rchb. f. 1877

Natural nodding habit of flower Photos by Patricia Harding

M macrura f aurea Photo by Roy Barrows


Common Name or Meaning The Long Tailed Maxillaria

Flower Size 5" [12.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1900 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with clustered, ovoid to oblong-ovoid, compressed, rugose with age pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a few, coriaceous, acute, as large or larger than the pseudobulb and carrying apically, a single, coriaceous, linear, oblong to narrowly ligulate, acute, narrowing below into the conduplicate, pseudo-petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter through spring on an erect to ascending, or pendant because of the weight of the flower, slightly flexuous, 3.6 to 6" [9 to 15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and enveloped by 4 to 6 subcoriaceous, acute, conduplicate bracts and carying faintly fragrant flowers

Synonyms Maxillaria longisepala Rolfe 1890; Maxillaria macrura f. aurea Christenson 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as M longisepala; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as M longisepala drawing good; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as M longisepala; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing 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 fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 3 2004 as M macrura f aurea photo fide; ; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #4 2017 as M macrura f aurea photo fide;