Maxillaria quelchii Rolfe 1901 Photo by John VDW at The Orchid Board Community Website

Drawing Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Quelche Maxillaria [Indian Tribe in Central Brazil]

Flower Size 1.5" [3.75 cm]

Found in Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil in cloud forests, open forests and on tepui summits at elevations of 400 to 2700 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with a repent and ascending rhizome carrying compressed, narrowly oblong pseudobulbs almost completely enveloped by imbricate, leafless and leaf bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, rigid, coriaceous, oblong-lanceolate, oblong or oblanceolate, acute to almost obtuse, attenuate basally leaf that blooms in the fall on axillary, arising on a newly arising pseudobulb, 3.2" [8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped by brown-green somewhat inflated bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Vol XV Parte 4 Foldats 1970 drawing hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 3 1979; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing hmm; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing hmm; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide; 20(2): 67216. Ossenbach & Jenny 2020 collection sheet fide