Maxillaria tonsbergii Christenson 2000 sect. Aggregatae Pfitz 1889

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower

Photo by Walter Teague


Common Name Tonsberg's Maxillaria [American Cultivator of the species current]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela? without locality as a large sized, cool growing? epiphyte? with obliquely ellipsoid, compressed pseudobulbs subtended by a pair of papery bracts that are somewhat longer than the pseudobulb and carrying ligulate, acute, petiolate base leaves that blooms on peduncle with inflated, tubular bracts, short to 6" [15 cm] long single flowered inflorescence with subsimilar, obovate, acute, subequal to the ovary floral bracts and carrying showy, coriaceous flowers.

Similar species include M colorata, M microtricha, M nigrescens and M niessenae.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchid Digest Vol 64 #1 2000 Christenson photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 12 2002 Photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 6 2019 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #10 2019 photo fide;