Maxillaria pinasensis Zambrano & Solano 2016 sect. Camaridium (Lindl.) Christenson

Photo by Javier Zambrano

Full Shade Hot to Cool LATEFallWinter Spring

Common Name The Pinas Maxillaria [A town in El Oro province of Ecuador]

Flower Size 1.4" [4 cm]

Found in El Oro province of Ecuador at elevations around 400 to 1200 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing, somewhat pendulous epiphyte with a cylindrical rhizome giving rise to ovoid, longitudinally striate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 to 3, foliaceous, conduplicate, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, oblong-elliptic, thinly coriaceous, oblique, mucronate-emarginate, sessile base leaf that blooms in the late fall, winter and spring on 2 to 3, short, basal, arising on a mature pseudobulb, peduncle erect, cylindrical, .28" [7 mm] long, provided with 3 to 4, acute, scarious, imbricating bracts single flowered inflorescence with conduplicate, acute, carinate, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

This species is closest to the Ecuadorian M estradaewhich has a more robust habit, and is evidently pendulous, 2 leaved pseudobulbs and wider leaves. Other similar species include M flava, M lankesteri, M microphyton, M wercklei mostly from Costa Rica and or Panama.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 87 2934 Zambrano & Solano 2016 drawing fide;