Maxillaria reichenheimiana Endres & Rchb. f. 1871 sect. Arachnites Christenson 2013

Photo by Daniel Jimenez

Part shade WarmCoolSummerand Fall

Common Name Reichenheim's Maxillaria [German Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 3/4" [2cm]

Found from Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, the Guyanas and Venezuela at altitudes of 800 to 1500 meters in wet lower to montane forest as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose, unifoliate epiphyte with small ellipsoid, lightly compressed pseudobulbs subtended by a pair of conduplicate leaf sheaths and carrying a single, apical, blue green, white spotted, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, obtuse, attenuate towards the conduplicate base leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on several, erect, 3.2" [8 cm] long, bracteate, single flowered inflorescence with several flowers arising on a mature pseudobulb concealed by imbricating, infundibuliform bracts with the flower held above the leaves.

Pers. Comm. R Ferrydoon - An Interesting side note, the spots on the leaves of M pseudoreichenheimii can be scratched off, unlike the similar M reichenbachiana which cannot.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 235. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 458 Dodson 1982 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 866 Dodson 1983 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 1 1985 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1232 Dodson 1985 as Maxillaria pachyacron; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 3 1987 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1357 Atwood 1989 as Maxillaria pachyacron; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1359 Atwood 1989 drawing good; Mulder & Mulder-RoelfsemaIcones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 112 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993 photo not = M pseudoreichenheimiana; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 22 #3 2003 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo ok; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(2): 115121. Vega, Cetzal, Mo, Germer and Soler 2014 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #4 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide