Maxillaria santanae Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1989 sect. Iridifoliae Pfitz 1889

Photo by Roger Bellone © Tropicalia

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carnevalli & Ramirez

Full shade WarmFall

Common Name Santana's Maxillaria

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Amazonas state of Venezuela and Ecuador in lower montane forests at elevations around 600 to 1000 meters as a small sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with small, aggregate ovoid-elliptical, ancipitous, pseudobulbs enveloped by 4 to 5, innermost 2 to 4 leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying very fleshy, erect to patent erect, linear leaves that blooms in the fall on several short, single flowered inflorescence carrying small flowers that do not open well.

Similar to M crassifolia and M superflua but easily recognized by the small vegetative stature, very narrow leaves,broadly ovate to broadly triangular, obtuse central labellum lobe and orange-yellow to rose lilac lip whicha has an apical callus in the disc and lacks another central lobe which is typical in others of this group." Carnevali and Ramirez 1989

Synonyms Heterotaxis santanae (Carnevali & I.Ramírez) Ojeda & Carnevali 2005


* Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 76: 376 Carnevali & Ramirez 1989;

Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 76: 376 Carnevali & Ramirez 1989 Drawing fide;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Plate 544 Dodson 1989 not = M microiridifolia;

Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing hmm;

Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ;