Judging Center: PRJC

Award Number: 20174956

Award Date: March 29, 2017

Awarded As: Maxillaria costaricensis

At the Puerto Rico Orchid Society Show held on March 29, 2017 a cultivar of the species was granted a CHM/AOS (83 points) and was granted the clonal name ‘Raquel’.


Maxillaria costaricensis Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 10: 232 (1923).

Homotypic Synonyms:
Maxillariella costaricensis (Schltr.) M.A.Blanco & Carnevali, Lankesteriana 7: 528 (2007).


• Per WCSPF Natural Distribution: Costa Rica to Panamá
• Some judges believe there is a high chance it could be Maxillaria variabilis which is very like it.

Description: Thirty cupped, bright yellow flowers on 30, single-flowered inflorescences; petals distally recurved outward; lip midlobe overlaid red-burgundy centrally, keel very dark burgundy, side lobes overlaid red-burgundy; column blushed chartreuse; substance firm; texture sparkling; very clean plant 21 cm tall by 33 cm wide growing on a 15 cm sq plastic basket with wood bark and sphagnum moss; per WCSPF natural distribution is Costa Rica to Panamá; provisionally awarded as Maxillaria costaricensis Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 10: 232 (1923) pending verification by SITF.

Flowers slightly fragrant

Measurements: See attached image.

• Images of the flowers and plant
• Screen shot of measurements
• Description from Manual de Orquideas de Costa Rica


Plant > Overall length of growth/cane: 21 cm tall x 33 cm wide

Plant Leaf > number of leaves per growth or cane: 1

Plant > Leaf Length: 14.8cm

Plant > Leaf Width: 0.9cm

Plant > Leaf Margin: entire

Plant > Leaf Shape: lanceolate

Plant > Leaf petiole length (apex of pseudobulb or stem to leaf base proper): 4.0cm

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Length: 4.0 cm

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Width: 0.5cm

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Margin: shape: ovoid

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul distance between growths along rhizome:: 0.1cm

Plant >Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Root Tip Color: not visible

Inflorescence > Overall Length: 2.5cm

Inflorescence > Arrangement: ascending

Inflorescence > Distance from base of inflorescence to first bud or branch: 2.0 cm

Inflorescence > distance between flowers along inflorescence: single inflorescences some double flowered emerging from the same node

Inflorescence > distance from inflorescence to base of sepals: 1.5cm

Inflorescence > distance from inflorescence to base of sepals: 1.5cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Length: 2.0 cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Width: 0.1 cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Shape: round and slightly grooved

Inflorescence > Ovary Color: green

Inflorescence > Ovary Texture: waxy

Flower > Column Length: 0.8 cm

Flower > Column Width: 0.3 cm

Flower > Column Color: chartreuse

Flower > Anther Cap Color: light yellow


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