Maxillaria plebeja Rchb.f 1859

Side View Photos by Ralf Käppel of Germany

Flower and Plant Photo by Patricia Harding


Common Name The Insignificant Maxillaria

Flower Size 3/8" [1.3 cm]

Found in southeastern Brazil as a miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte that has a branching, ascending rhizome with closely clustered, oblong-cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblanceolate, erect, keeled below, apically acute leaf that is conduplicate basally and blooms in the spring in Brazil on a .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence just arising from the basal papery sheaths of an older leafless pseudobulb and has a large flower that is held close to the pseudobulb.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing fide; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994