Maxillaria meleagris Lindl. 1844 Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Pink Flower Variety Photo courtesy of David Morris


Common Name The Spotted Guinea Fowl Maxillaria [refers to the way the flowers hide in the leaves]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphytic species has been found in rainforests at elevations of 1500 to 2450 meters in Mexico and Guatemala and has clustered, ellipsoid-ovoid to ovoid, compressed psedobulbs enveloped basally by several, distichous, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single apical, linear to linear-ligulate, coriaceous, obtuse leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect,1 1/5" to 3 1/5" [3 to 8 cm] long basal inflorescence that arises from a new growth and has the peduncle enveloped by tubular sheaths and scarious, acute, or acuminate floral bracts with a single flower that is coconut scented and held a mid leaf level.

Synonyms Maxillaria lindeniana A. Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Maxillaria puncto-striata Rchb. f. 1877

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2012 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Camaridium meleagris photo fide;