Maxillaria fletcheriana Rolfe 1913 Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Howard Gunn

Lip Detail Photo by Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Common Name Fletcher's Maxillaria [Botanic Garden Director, Edinburgh - late 1800's to 1900's]

Flower Size 3 1/5" [8 cm]

Found in eastern Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in extremely wet montane forests at elevations of 500 to 2800 meters as a small to medium sized, robust, warm to cold growing epiphyte with oblong-ovoid, slightly compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several scarious, distichous leaf sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic-oblong or oblong, acute or obtuse, shortly petiolate, channeled leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb enveloped basally by several loose, conduplicate, tubular sheaths and carrying showy, fragrant, long-lasting flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 1 1958 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 452 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 1 1985; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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