Maxillaria rhombea Lindl. 1840 sect. Cucullatae Christenson 2013

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Common Name The Diamond Shaped Maxillaria

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.25 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador at elevations around 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with dark green, laterally compressed, wrinkled with age pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear, obtuse and emarginate apically, carinate dorsally, conduplicate towards the base leaf that blooms in the winter on to 2, lateral, single flowered, 4 to 4 3/2" [10 to 12 cm] long, erect inflorescence completely enveloped by several, inflated, scarious bracts.

Synonyms Camaridium rhombeum (Lindl.) M.A.Blanco 2007; Psittacoglossum rhombeum (Lindl.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing/photo fide; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo good; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide;