Maxillaria brachybulbon Schltr. 1923

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Full Shade HotWarmWinter Spring

Common Name The Short-Bulbed Maxillaria

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, French Guiana, Guyana, Ecuador and northern Brazil in rainforests at elevations of 50 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with minute, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms on an axillary, 1" [2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on an immature growth and enveloped completely by 4, tubular, chartaceous, imbricating sheaths.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 55. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 231. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1339 Atwood 1989 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993; Fieldiana: Botany, New Series Family #39 Orchidaceae: Tribe Maxillarieae: subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Retana 1999 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drwaing ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 photo ok; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide