Maxillaria ruberrima (Lindl.) Garay 1967


Plant and Flower in situ, lithophyte, elevation of 2900 meters, Cundinamarca Colombia 5/07 Photos by Jay Pfahl

Full ShadeWarmCold Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name The Deep Brick Red Maxillaria

Flower Size 3/8" [.8 cm]

Found in Venezuela and Colombia in dwarf forests at elevations of 800 to 2900 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with a scrambling, woody, round rhizome with 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] between each conical, erect to leaning pseduobulbs enveloped basally by a few scarious, imbricating, deciduous, leafless and leaf bearing sheaths and carrying 2 apical, elliptic, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer on a short, axillary, single flowered inflorescence arising on a more recent mature pseudobulb.

Synonyms Aucellia ruberrima (Lindl.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Ornithidium ruberrimum (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1863; Ornithidium vagans Schltr. 1920; *Scaphyglottis ruberrima Lindl. 1846

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Garay & Dunsterville 1979 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 1988; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993 photos not = M sophronitis; Native Colombian Orchids vol 6 1998 photo ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #4 2015 as Ornithidium rubberimum photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #4 2017 photo fide;