Maxillaria scalariformis J.T.Atwood 1998-9

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Eric Hunt

Part Shade Cool LATER Spring

Common Name The Ladder-Like Maxillaria [refers to the leaf arrangement]

Flower Size 1.36 to 2" [3.4 to 5 cm]

Found in Panama in rainforests at elevations of 1000 to 1300 meters as a large to giant sized, cool growing stiffly erect epiphyte with a leafy, eventually basally branching stem carrying numerous, strongly 2 ranked, oblong-lanceolate, bilobed-apiculate, stiffly leathery, dark green sometimes strongly suffused with dark purple leaves that blooms in the later spring on short, axillary, peduncles to 2" [5 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with slightly longer than the ovaries, ovate, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Adamanthus scalariformis (J.T.Atwood) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Camaridium scalariforme (J.T.Atwood) M.A.Blanco 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 2 2009 photo fide as Camaridium scaliformis; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #2 2011 as Camaridium scalarformis photo fide; Maxillaria An Unfinished Monograph Vol 2 Christenson 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #4 2015 as Camaridium scalariformis photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #4 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 6 2019 photo fide;