(pronounced: mak-rah-DEN-ee-ah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Oncidiinae

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Caespitose epiphytes. Pseudobulbs oblong, tapered, complanate, unifoliate, subtended by small non-foliaceous bracts. Leaves solitary, conduplicate, generally lanceolate. Inflorescences basal, pendent, densely multi-flowered racemes. Sepals and petals subsimilar, free, spreading. Lip three-lobed, sessile, without callus, the lateral lobes erect, the midlobe narrow, strongly recurved. Column with a conspicuously inflated clinandrial hood, the anther strongly bilaterally compressed; the pollinia 2, on a long spatulate stipe and a minute circular viscidium.


From the Greek macros, meaning long, and aden, meaning gland, in reference to the long linear-spatulate stipe of the pollinarium.


A genus of about 12 species from throughout the Neotropics.

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