Maxillaria multicaulis (Poepp. & Endl.) C.Schweinf. 1945 sect. Siagonanthus [Poepp. & Endl.] Christenson 2013 TYPE for the sect. Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

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Common Name or Meaning The Many Stemmed Maxillaria

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in very wet montane rainforests at elevations of 350 to 1600 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphtye or terrestrial on steep clay roadbanks with light green becoming brown to light grey, lightly to moderately compressed, fairly smooth pseudobulbs with 3 to 4 pairs of distichous, imbricating sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, smooth, clear green, shiny on both sides, mid nerve slightly but sharply sulcate, carinate, generally finely mucronate to shortly obtuse, oblanceolate, conduplicate towards the base leaves that blooms in the summer through early winter on fasciles of axillary, 4 to 5" [10 to 12.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Camaridium multicaule (Poepp. & Endl.) Hoehne 1947; Ornithidium multicaule (Poepp. & Endl.) Rchb.f. 1854; *Siagonanthus multicaulis Poepp. & Endl. 1836

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Ornithidium multicaulis; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as Camaridium multicaulis drawing good; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 4 Foldats 1970 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 106 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing hmm; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide