Maxillaria microdendron Schltr. 1921 sect. Erectae Pfitz 1889TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Common Name The Tiny Tree Forming Maxillaria

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at higher elevations as a small sized, cold growng, branching, almost bush like epiphyte with branching rhizomes with the branches being enveloped by imbricate, densely rugulose, clasping sheaths with 1.6 to 2" {4 to 5 cm} between each elliptic, slightly compressed, fast becoming rugose pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, , erect-patent, linaer, unequally bilobed apically, with a small apicule, shiny above leaves that blooms in the winter on axillary, peduncle short, provided with a few bracts, .4" {1 cm} long, single flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, cucullate, acuminate, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous, fleshy flowers.

Flowers very much like M variabilis but M microdendron is larger. the plant is similar to M arbuscula but differs in the smaller plant and substantially in the shape of the pseudobulbs of M microdendron


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8:94 Schlechter 1921; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih.57:375 Schlechter1929 drawing fide;