Lepanthes maxonii Schltr. 1913 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Side View of Flower

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TYPE Drawing

HOLOTYPE Drawing by © Ames and The Epidendra Website

Cold LATEWinter EARLYSpring

Common Name Maxon's Lepanthes [Original Colector of Species]

Flower Size 1.2" tall [3 cm tall]

Found in Panama at 2000 to 2300 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with flexuous, glabrous ramicauls enveloped by many, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, ovate-acuminate, densely papillose ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, oval, acuminate, very tridenticulate apically, basally contracted into the petilolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a graceful, elongate, distichous, 4.8" [12 cm] long, densely many successively flowered inflorescence

"This species is closely related and morphologically similar to L. amicitia, both having similar yellow flowers. However, L. maxonii differs in the oblong-elliptic upper lobe of the petals (vs. rounded, suborbicular in L. amicitiae), the lower lobe of the petals being subequal to the upper lobe (vs. filiform) and the appendix shorter than the connectives of the lip (vs. longer or as long as the connectives)." Bogarín & Gravend. 2018

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 12: 204. Schlechter 1913; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Anchored hybrid enrichment generated nuclear, plastid and mitochondrial markers resolve the Lepanthes horrida (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) species complex Bogarín & Gravend. 2018 Drawing/photo fide;