Maxillaria nubigena (Rchb. f.) C. Schweinf. 1945 sect. Ornithidium [Salisb.] Christenson 2013

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Rebecca Repasky and the Atrium Diversity Information System Website

Plant Habit and seed capsules

Photos by Mark Whitten


Common Name The Cloud Growing Maxillaria [Refers to its being found in Cloud Forests]

Flower Size 1/8" [3mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela in montane rainforest at altitudes of 800 to 2900 meters as a very large, pendant growing, fan-shaped epiphyte with or without pseudobulbs with a woody, very stiff, lusterous chestnut brown rhizome enveloped completely by tan, close, tubular, approximate, persistent, rugose sheaths from which arise 7 to 12, linear to narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, attenuate, concave, stiff, rugose, conduplicate below into the base leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a short, axillary, fasciculate, bracteate, single flowered inflorescence arising on a leafy non-pseudobulbous growth with up to 8 to 10 flowers in a group with 4 to 5 chartaceous, oblong-elliptic, acuminate, carinate bracts carrying the flower, subtended by a minute floral bract, below the leaves.

Synonyms Laricorchis nubigena (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; *Ornithidium nubigenum Rchb. f. 1863; Pachyphyllum pamplonense Kranzlin 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Flora de VenezuelaVolumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing hmm; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 109 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #2 2011 as Ornithidium nubigena photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #4 2011 photo fide;