Maxillaria gracilis Lodd. 1832 sect. Repentes Christenson 2013

Front View Photo by David P. Banks, Australia

FragrancePart shadeHotTo CoolSpringand Summer

Common Name The Delicate Maxillaria

Flower Size 2 1/2"

Found in the coastal Atlantic forest and Minas Gerais Brazil as a small sized, tufted, cool to hot growing epiphyte with clustered, ovoid-pyriform, compressed pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, subcoriaceous, linear-ligulate, petiolate and conduplicate below, acute apically leaves that blooms on an erect, or ascending, 3 to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm] long, single flowered, pale green or reddish inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb that has the fragrant flower held amid to above the leaves, occuring in the spring and summer.

Synonyms Bletia humilis Link & Otto 1841; Bolbidium gracile (Lodd., G.Lodd. & W.Lodd.) J.M.H.Shaw 2011; Brasiliorchis gracilis (Lodd.) R.B.Singer, S.Koehler & Carnevali 2007; Maxillaria humilis (Link & Otto) Schuit. & M.W.Chase 2015; Maxillaria gracilis var queirogana [Barb. Rodr.] Hoehne 1952; Maxillaria pallidiflora Rchb.f. non Hkr. ?; Maxillaria penduliflora Fenzl 1854-5; Maxillaria punctata Lodd. 1914; Maxillaria queirogana Barb. Rodr. 1877

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as M punctata Lodd. photo ok; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M gracilis var queirogana; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M gracilis var lilacea drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M gracilis var angustifolia drawing good; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M gracilis var intermedia drwaing good; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M gracilis var macrantha drawing good; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M gracilis var minor drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as M punctata; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005

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