Maxillaria paleata (Rchb.f.) Ames & Correll 1943

Plant and Flowers in situ Costa Rica

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Part shadeCoolTo Cold MID Spring THROUGH MID Winter

Common Name The Shovel-Shaped Maxillaria

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet montane forests on small trees at elevations of 1200 to 2700 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stem-like rhizomes enveloped by scarious sheaths that branch at the base of the pseudobulbs and are leafy at new growth with the pseudobulb clusters spaced 4 to 8" apart on the rhizome and the compressed, rugose pseudobulbs are enveloped basally by leaf bearing sheaths and carrying a single coriaceous, lanceolate, acute leaf with a conduplicate petiole which blooms in the mid-spring through winter on many axillary, single flowered inflorescence that arise from the sheaths along the rhizome after the last pseudobulb.

Synonyms Camaridium paleatum (Rchb.f.) M.A.Blanco 2007; *Camaridium wrightii Schltr. 1920; Maxillaria wrightii (Schltr.) Ames & Correll 1943; Ornithidium paleatum Rchb.f. 1876; Ornithidium wrightii (Schltr.) C. Schweinf. 1937; Viracocha paleata (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Viracocha wrightii (Schltr.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 871 Dodson 1983 as M wrightii drawing ok to photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1233 Hamer 1985 drawing ok to photo; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 as M wrightii photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993 as M wrightii; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 as Camridium paleatum photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as Camaridium paleata photo fide