Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Maxillaria tenuifolia

Maxillaria tenuifolia - Flower photo by Richard LindbergOne of the plants I have that is a reliable bloomer is Maxillaria tenuifolia. The variety I have is a little less fragrant than some but has a very nice red flower. While there is only one flower per pseudobulb, after 3 or 4 years growth it puts on quite a show.

Maxillaria tenuifolia - Plant photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria tenuifolia grows in Mexico and northern Central America. It is cool to hot growing and very fragrant.

I took my large plant apart earlier this year and some of the divisions are blooming. I was reminded of a question I had at one time. Is what I see a flower or a new growth?

Once I learned more about the species the answer was simple. There are two layers of brown sheath on the rhizome. The flower always comes from under the second and appears before the new growth.

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