Sunday, July 5, 2009

Maxillaria grayi in bloom

Maxillaria grayi - Photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria grayi - Photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Maxillaria (Max) contains 650 some species spread throughout the tropical and sub-tropical Americas. They have a single flower. Generally warm to hot growing.

Maxillaria grayi grows in Ecuador at the base of limestone cliffs at about 3000 feet. It is warm to hot growing and wants low light.

The plant came from Andy's Orchids so I was fairly confident that the plant was correctly labeled. When I looked in to learn more about it, I found only a very sketchy listing and no picture.

That made me pretty excited and I submitted a flower picture as soon as it bloomed. The excitement ended, however, when I checked the listing and saw that he had included my picture, but added a note that he was not sure that it was a Maxillaria grayi picture.

So we have two trusted sources that dissagree about the species determination. That's a bummer, but it is great to have a picture in there.

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