Maxillaria meleagris Lindl. 1844 sect. Cucullatae Christenson 2013

Photo by © Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Pink Flower Variety

Photo by David Morris


Common Name The Spotted Guinea Fowl Maxillaria [refers to the way the flowers hide in the leaves]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Mexico and Guatemala in rainforests at elevations of 1500 to 2450 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic species with clustered, ellipsoid-ovoid to ovoid, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, distichous, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single apical, linear to linear-ligulate, coriaceous, obtuse leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, 1.2" to 3.2" [3 to 8 cm] long, basal inflorescence that arises from a new growth and has the peduncle enveloped by tubular sheaths and scarious, acute, or acuminate floral bracts with a single flower that is coconut scented and held a mid leaf level.

Part of the M cucculata group which includes, M meleagris; M obscura, M praestans, M punctostriata and M cedralensis

Synonyms Camaridium meleagris (Lindl.) M.A.Blanco 2007; Maxillaria lindeniana A. Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Maxillaria puncto-striata Rchb. f. 1877; Mormolyca galeata Garay & M.Wirth 1959; Psittacoglossum lindenianum (A.Rich. & Galeotti) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Psittacoglossum meleagris (Lindl.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 sa Mormolyca galeatadrawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2012 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Camaridium meleagris photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018