Maxillaria minor (Schltr.) L.O. Williams 1942

Plant and Flowers in situ Costa Rica Photo courtesy of Wilfried Löderbusch

Part sunWarmCoolFall THROUGH Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Least Maxillaria

Flower Size 1/4" [6 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in wet forests on larger branches and trunks of trees at elevations of 1000 to 2500 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an elongate, terete rhizomatic stem enveloped by many tubular, scarious sheaths with every 6" [15 cm] or so giving rise to a ovoid to orbicular, laterally compressed pseudobulbs that in youth have 1 to 2, inferior, conduplicate leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear lanceolate, acute, abruply conduplicate below into the slender, elongate petiole that blooms in the fall through spring on a short, lateral, single flowered inflorescence arising on the sides of a newly arising rhizomatic stem.

Synonyms *Camaridium minus Schltr. 1918; Viracocha minor (Schltr.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 58. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Camaridium minus; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 142. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Camaridium minus; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 239. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Camaridium minus; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1353 Atwood 1989 drawing ok; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1997; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 as Camarisium minus photo fide;

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