Maxillaria-ubatubana-Golden-Claw-AM-81-Pts-2020-12-01***Submitted as Maxillaria ubatubana, but currently determined to be a better match to Maxillaria picta (Feb 2021), based on the size of the floral parts, including the petal and sepal length which are distinguishing characteristics, according to the late Eric Christenson and because of color, leaves and stance of the lateral sepals which more closely fits M. picta.***                     

Judging Center: Great Plains Judging Center

Award Number: 20203507

Award Date: November 21, 2020

Awarded As: Maxillaria ubatubana 'Golden Claw' AM 81 Pts

Seven nicely displayed cupped flowers on seven basal inflorescences up to 17cm; sepals and petals appressed, bright yellow, reverse cream overlaid yellow on proximal one-fourth, blotched purple; lip pale yellow stippled purple interiorly, pubescent on basal one-fourth; side lobes pale yellow, maroon picotee on superior margin; column maroon, anther cap yellow overlaid maroon; substance heavy; texture waxy; fragrance noted; species from SE Brazil; ID by SITF__________.

Plant Leaf > number of leaves per growth or cane: 2

Plant > Leaf Length: 22cm

Plant > Leaf Width: 2.8cm

Plant > Leaf Margin: smooth

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Length: 3.5cm

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Width: 2.2cm

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

Inflorescence > Overall Length: 17cm

Inflorescence > Arrangement: one per inflorescence

Flower Natural Spread Length: 2.8cm

Flower Natural Spread Width: 4.7cm

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Length: 2.5cm

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Width: 1.1cm

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Length: 2.9cm

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Width: 1.1cm

Flower > Petals Length: 2.3cm

Flower > Petals Width: 0.6cm

Flower > Lip or Pouch Length: 2.0cm

Flower > Lip or Pouch Width: 1.0cm

Flower > Lip or Pouch> characters of lip (calli, spurs, keels, etc.): pubescent on basal 1/4

Flower > Column Length: maroon

Flower > Column Color: maroon

Flower > Anther Cap Color: yellow overlaid maroon


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Based on the characteristics enumerated in the analysis, the SITF does not think the Identification should be changed based solely on blooming season. The characteristics that were used to make the determination were also based on the late Eric Christenson's work. Flowering time is considered the least definitive characteristic, especially for plants which flower ex-situ; plants grown in artificial environments, grown in different hemispheres, and different environmental conditions can and do bloom at different times. There are several Maxillaria have been awarded as M. picta that bloomed in North America in November.


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