Maxillaria tuerosii D.E.Benn. & Christenson 2001 sect. Amazonicae Christenson 2013

TYPE Drawing by Pastorelli, Bennett & Christenson

Part Shade Cold Summer

Common Name Tueros' Maxillaria [Peruvian Forestry Engineer and codiscoverer of species current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Huancavelica department of Peru in wet montane cloud forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with ovoid-pyriform, lightly compressed pseudobulbs subtended by 1 to 2 scarious bracts and carrying a single, apical, erect, linear-oblanceolate, acute-acuminate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on erect, to 6" [15 cm] long, with 4 to 6 scarious, 1.2" [3 cm] long bracts, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, infundibuliform, acuminate, subequal to the ovary floral bract and carrying ringent flowers with creamy yellow tepals, a white and yellow lip with red margins and a white column.

Similar to M colorata but it has broader, elliptic leaf, blunt, subsimilar tepals and a much shorter than the ovary floral bract as well as coloration differences in the flowers.

Similar to M longipes in the subequal to the ovary floral bract but M tuerosii differs in having a much shorter indistinct petiolate base and narrower leaf blade, a strongly undulate lip and a non-striate callus.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 709 Bennett & christenson 2001 drawing fide; Maxillaria An Unfinished Monograph Vol 2 Christenson 2013 drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014