Maxillaria pendula (Poepp. & Endl.) C.Schweinf. 1945 sect. Ebulbes Pfitz 1889

Plant and Flowers

Photos by The AOS SITF Website


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia


Common Name The Pendant Maxillaria

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil at elevations of 200 to 1800 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphytye with elongate, pendant, divaricately branching, rather slender stems giving rise to remote, in the axils of the branches, ovoid, strongly compressed pseudobulbs enveloped in youth by a pair of distichous, coriaceous, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect-spreading, coriaceous, oblong-lanceolate, to elliptic-oblong, acute, cuneate below leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on numerous, very short, fascicled in the axils of the cauline sheaths, each .4" [1 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Camaridium loefgrenii (Cogn.) Hoehne 1947; Laricorchis loefgrenii (Cogn.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Laricorchis ochracea (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Laricorchis pendula (Poepp. & Endl.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Laricorchis spathulata (C.Schweinf.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Laricorchis tafallae (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Maxillaria loefgrenii (Cogn.) Pabst 1972; Maxillaria ochracea (Rchb.f.) Garay 1968; Maxillaria spathulata C.Schweinf. 1952; Maxillaria tafallae (Rchb.f.) C.Schweinf. 1945; Ornithidium dichotomum Schltr. 1920; Ornithidium loefgrenii Cogn. 1904; Ornithidium ochraceum Rchb.f. 1887; Ornithidium pendulum (Poepp. & Endl.) Cogn. 1904; Ornithidium tafallae (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1854; Pseudomaxillaria pendula (Poepp. & Endl.) Brieger 1977; *Scaphyglottis pendula Poepp. & Endl. 1836; Scaphyglottis tafallae Rchb.f. 1850

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Ornithidium tafallae; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Ornithidium ?tabellae; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as Ornithidium dichotomum; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as Camaridium loefgrenii drawing ok; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953; Orchids of Peru Vol 3 Schweinfurth 1960; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964 as M taphallae sic; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967 as M taphalae [sic]; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969 as M taphalae [sic]; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 as M loefgrenii drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as M ochracea drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 110 Bennett & Christenson 1993 as M ochracea drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 as Ornithidium pendulum photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as Ornithidium pendulum photo fide