Maxillaria procurrens Lindl. 1845 sect. Erectae Pfitz 1889

Photo by Jay Pfahl

M cf procurrens

Photo by Mario Londono

Partial ShadeCool Cold Spring

Common Name The Outstanding Maxillaria

Flower Size 1 3/4" [4.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in dense forests at elevations around 1800 to 2200 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a branching rhizome giving rise to strongly compressed, bright yellowish green, ovate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a few leafless and leaf bearing above sheaths and carrying 2, apical, erect, linear, gradually narrowing into the conduplicate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a horizontal, basal, 1.2" [3 cm] long, terete inflorescence arising on a mature pseuduobulb and enveloped almost completely by small, maroon, imbricating bracts.

This species is very close to M spilotantha but differs in the folded, more pointed lip apex as well as the side lobes being higher and terminate more acutely towards the base of the lip.

Synonyms Maxillaria saxatilis Rchb.f. 1855; Maxillariella procurrens (Lindl.) M.A. Blanco & Carnevali 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 1988 as subgen Camaridium; Native Colombia Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 22 #3 2003 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 29 #1 2012 photo fide; Phytotaxa 289 (3): 2472552016