Maxillaria nigrescens Lindl. 1846 sect. Aggregatae Pfitz 1889

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Drawing Drawing from the Orchid Album.


Common Name The Blackish Maxillaria

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in high altitude rainforests at elevations of 1500 to 2700 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with narrowly ovoid, compressed, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, imbricate, grey sheaths and carrying a single, apical, ligulate, rigid, suberect, acute or minutely, unequally, bilobed apically leaf that blooms in the spring through fall on a suberect to erect, 6" [ to 15cm] long inflorescence that is concealed by green flecked with brown sheaths and arises from a newly matured pseudobulb and carrying a single, large flowers.

Similar species include M colorata, M microtricha, M niessenae, M tonsbergii and M longipes.

Synonyms Maxillaria rubro-fusca Klotzsch 1853

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Dunsterville 1987 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo 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; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 #12 2002 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide