Maxillaria vaginalis Rchb.f. 1866

Drawing by Schlechter and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Sheathed Maxillaria

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in very wet and pluvial oak forests at elevations of 1800 to 2600 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with ovoid, single leafed pseudobulbs that terminate in a stem carrying linear to elliptic, succulent, flat to cylindrical leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a single per axil, to 1.6" [4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence carrying white to rose colored flowers

Synonyms Camaridium vaginale (Rchb.f.) M.A.Blanco 2007; Camaridium wercklei Schltr. 1923; Viracocha vaginalis (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as Camaridium vaginale photo fide