Maxillaria-alpestris-2019-12-01***Now determined to be Maxillaria bracteata (Schltr.) Ames & Correll (Dec 2020), not Maxillaria alpestris; with new information and additional photos showing the inflorescence and bracts, this plant, which was collected in Panama, matches the description and endemic location of M. bracteata; based on Eric Christenson's book on Maxillaria, M. bracteata is within a broadly defined group which includes M. bracteata, M. imbricata and M. carinata, among others; this may be part of a collection of regional variants of a single broad species; the group requires future study to better define the species of this "swarm".***          

Judging Center: Toronto additional Center (Montreal)

Award Number: 20196389

Award Date: December 16, 2019

Awarded As: Maxillaria alpestris

The exhibitor originally presented the plant under the name Maxillaria alpestris and the plant was awarded under that name. However, after researches were made, the exhibitor believes this would be a Maxillaria bracteata (Réf. Maxillaria an unfinished monograph de Christenson. Field guide to the orchids of Costa Rica & Panama. )
The orchid was brought from Panama in 1954 as Maxillaria sp. and belongs since that time to the Montreal Botanical Garden collection.

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

Plant > Leaf Length: up to 17

Plant > Leaf Width: up to 2.2

Plant > Leaf Shape: lanceolate

Plant > Leaf petiole length (apex of pseudobulb or stem to leaf base proper): 1.9

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Length: 4.4

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Width: diameter: 2.6

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

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul distance between growths along rhizome:: up to 6

Plant >Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Root Tip Color: green

Inflorescence > Overall Length: 2.1

Inflorescence > Arrangement: clustered

Inflorescence > distance from inflorescence to base of sepals: 1.9

Inflorescence > distance from inflorescence to base of sepals: 1.9

Inflorescence > Floral Bracts Length: 1.7

Inflorescence > Floral Bracts Width: 1

Inflorescence > Ovary Length: 1.5

Inflorescence > Ovary Width: 0.2

Inflorescence > Ovary Shape: cylindrical

Inflorescence > Ovary Color: green

Inflorescence > Ovary Texture: matte

Flower Natural Spread Length: 4.1

Flower Natural Spread Width: 2.0

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Length: 2.4

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Width: 0.6

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Length: 2.1

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Width: 0.7

Flower > Petals Length: 1.8

Flower > Petals Width: 0.5

Flower > Lip or Pouch Length: 1.1

Flower > Lip or Pouch Width: 0.5

Flower > Column Length: 0.4

Flower > Column Width: 0.2

Flower > Column Color: yellow, spotted burgundy


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