Maxillaria edwardsii D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1998

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Alcantara, Bennett & Christenson

Common Name Edwards' Maxillaria [American Original Collector of the type current]

Flower Size 1." [2.5 cm]

Found in Junin department of Peru in wet montane forests as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with elliptic-pyriform, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a series of distichous, imbricating, leafless and leafbearing sheaths and carrying a single, elliptic-ovate, acute, attenuate to conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a basal, 2.4" [6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped completely by a series of pustulate, obovate bracts and has subsimilar, slightly shorter that the ovary floral bracts

Very similar to M cryptobulbon with obtuse rounded floral segments but differs from M edwardsii in the attenuate-acuminate floral segments.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 504 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014;