Maxillaria steyermarkii Foldats 1968 sect. Aggregatae Pfitz 1889 Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Angle of a different flower Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Angle

Another Angle Photos by Jose David Lacruz Mora and His Orchid Webblog

Common Name Steyermark's Maxillaria [American Botanist in Venezuela later 1900's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Tachira state of Venezuela at elevations of 2305 to 2600 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with close set, ovoid to subglobose, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by scarious, leafless sheaths and carrying 2 apical, subcoriaceous, linear-oblong to linear-oblanceolate, obtuse, gradually folds below into conduplicate, petiolate-attenuate base leaves that blooms on a few, basal, erect, 3.6 to 7.2" [9 to 18 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb enveloped completely by imbricate, dilated, longly striated, shortly acuminate bracts.

The flower of this species seems to be very color variable and is also variable in the petals length and droopiness.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 5 Foldats 1970 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 22 #2 2002 photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo hmm;