Maxillaria tenuifolia Lindley 1837

Plant and Flower

Photos By Jay Pfahl

Specimen Plant

Photo by Paul Phelps and Phelps Farm Orchids

In Situ Photo

Dark Color Form

Photo by Ian Frazier and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Side View Of Flower

Photo by Ota Turo

FragrancePart shade Hot>CoolSpringand Summer

Common Name The Coconut Orchid - The Delicate Leafed Maxillaria

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2" [3.9 to 5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Niacaragua and Costa Rica on trees in open or dense forests at low elevations up to 1500 meters, as a medium sized, to cool growing, solitary leafed epiphyte or occasional terrestrial with an ascending rhizome that is completely enveloped by scarious, imbricating, nonfoliaceous bracts with oblong-elliptic to oblong-obovate, compressed pseudobulbs with a single apical, linear, attenuate leaf that blooms in spring and summer on a 2" [5cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with scarious, basal bracts and the flower held at mid leaf height.

The Coconut Orchid, named for it's strong coconut scent, is best mounted on tree fern and after blooming needs a semi-dry rest through the winter months.

Synonyms Maxillaria gracilifolia Kraenzel 1927; Maxillariella tenuifolia (Lindl.) M.A. Blanco & Carnevali 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 6 1979 photo fide; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 867 Dodson 1983 drawwing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 1 1985 photo fide; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1366 Atwood 1989 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 63 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 4 1994 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 3 1997 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 1 1998 photo fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing fide; W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 2 2004 photo; Orquideologia Vol 24 #2 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 1 2007 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 2 2007 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 No 2 2009 photo FIDE; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 11 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 as Maxillariella tenuifolia photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #3 2010 as Maxillariella tenuifolia photo/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #2 2011 as Maxiariella tenuifolia photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #6 2011as Maxillariaella tenuifolia photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Maxillariella tenuifolia photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #1 2016 as Maxillariella tenuifolia photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016 as Maxiariella tenuifolia photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #5 2016 as Maxillariella tenuifolia photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #4 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #6 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Maxillariela tenuifolia photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 6 2019 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #7 2019 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #8 2019 drawing fide; The Orchid Review Vol 1278 No 1330 June 2020 photo fide;

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------