Maxillaria tonsoniae Soto Arenas 1992 sect. Siagonanthus [Poepp. & Endl.] Christenson 2013 TYPE Drawing by Soto Arenas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Tonson's Maxillaria

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southern Mexico and Guatemala in montane rainforests at elevations of 750 to 2000 meters as a small to large sized, warm to cool growing, shrubby, erect epiphyte with erect to arcuate, hanging, stem enveloped by distichous, scarious, imbricating, apressed leaf-bearing sheaths and an ovoid to subglobose, smaller towards the apex of the stem pseudobulb carrying 1 to 2 apical, linear, acute, very fleshy, brittle, shiny leaves that blooms in the late fall and early winter on newly arising growths at the tops of pseudobulbs, Cylindrical, light green, 1/2" to 5/8" [12 to 15 mm] long, inflorescence with lanceolate, cucullate, acuminate, scarious bracts and has a large, triangular, scarious floral bract and has fragrant [Jasmine to vanilla] flowers.

Synonyms Laricorchis tonsoniae (Soto Arenas) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Ornithidium tonsoniae (Soto Arenas) Senghas 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 620 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide