Maxillaria speciosa Rchb. f. 1876 sect. Arachnites Christenson 2013

Flower Closeup Photos by Andreas Philipp

Inflorescence photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Petite Plaisance Orchids

Flower Closeup in situ Parque Tatama' Choco department of Colombia 2000 meters 8/17

Flowers and Plant closer in situ Parque Tatama' Choco department of Colombia 2000 meters 8/17

Flowers and Plant in situ Parque Tatama' Choco department of Colombia 2000 meters 8/17

Flowers and Plant in situ Parque Tatama' Choco department of Colombia 2000 meters 8/17 Photos by Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Outstanding Maxillaria

Flower Size to 8" [to 20 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1500 to 2300 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte, tererestrial or lithophyte on open sunny roadbanks within paramo with ovate-elliptic pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, lanceolate-elliptic, acute leaf that blooms in the summer on several to many, erect, 4 to 7" [10 to 17.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorecence arising on maturing growths.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 6 1999 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 photo;

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