Maxillaria aurorae D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1995

Photo by Jeff Bookbinder


Common Name Aurora's Maxillaria [Mrs. Bennett, Orchid Enthusiast in Peru Current]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Huanuco Peru on rocky slopes in montane forests at elevations around 320 to 1000 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or occasional terrrestrial with clustered, smooth, ovoid-pyriform, compressed pseudobulbs partially enveloped by several distichous, imbricating, scarious bracts and carrying a single [or rarely 2], oblong-lanceolate, stiff, acute, dark green leaf that narrows below into a long conduplicate petiole and blooms winter and spring in the northern hemisphere on an erect, basal, 4 to 5" [10 to 12.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and enveloped basally by 3 tubular, acuminate bracts.

Synonyms Mormolyca aurorae D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1998

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 308 Bennett and Christenson 1995 drawing ok; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide