Maxillaria tenebrifolia Arévalo & Christenson 2013 publ. 2012 TYPE Photo by © Arévalo & Christenson and The Epidendra Website

Plant and Flower Photo by © Patricia Harding

Part Shade Cool Cold Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Dark Leaved Maxillaria

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in Colombia on the western slope of the western Cordillera in wet cloud forests on road banks at elevations around 1900 to 2500 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ascending rhizomes enveloped by conduplicate, triangular sheaths giving rise to spaced 6" [15 cm] apart, purplish green, slightly compressed, ovate, rugose pseudobulbs enveloped basally by imbricate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, dark green adaxially, purple beneath, elliptic-ovate, rounded-retuse and asymetrical apically, coriaceous, conduplicate below leaf that blooms in the winter on numerous, mostly basal, 1 to 3 from the rhizome, peduncle to 3.8" [9 cm] long, somewhat fractiflex, enveloped by 5 to 7, greenish tinged with purple towards the apex, lanceolate bracts, to 4.8" [12 cm] long overall, fasciculate, single flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, longer than the ovary floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchids AOS Bulletin Vol 82 No 1 pg 47 Arevalo & Christenson 2013 photos/drawing fide