Maxillaria augustae-victoriae F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899 sect. Maxillaria Ruiz & Pavon Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

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Common Name Augusta Victoria's Maxillaria

An epiphytic or lithophytic, warm to cold growing species found in Venezuela and Ecuador at elevations of 1500 to 2100 meters with round, flattened pseudobulbs that are subtended by 2 sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear leaf that has an erect, 3 1/4" [8cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence with 6 tapering bracts and with very fragrant flowers occuring in the spring.

See also M hirtzii which is said to be a synonym but I have left them both up to show that there are several differences, most notably in the column.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 as M grandiflora drawing no = M erubescens; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as M grandiflora drawing no = M erubescens; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo hmm; Orchids of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 as M crassicualis photo fide

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