Saturday, April 13, 2013

Maxillaria tenuifolia

Maxillaria tenuifolia - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria tenuifolia - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have a single flower on one of the Maxillaria tenuifolia plants. I have four of them, three bigger than this one. Even so, I consider this the collection plant. I have had it the longest and it was very large when I took it apart three years ago. I will be selling the last of these small divisions this year. After that I will let this plant grow out again. To get a good bloom, it takes a pretty good sized plant.

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

This is potted in bark over peanuts in a 3 1/4-inch plastic pot. There are sixteen pseudobulbs and stands twelve inches above the pot.

Maxillaria picta grows in Brazil and Argentina. It is a high light, cool to warm growing plant. It blooms in winter and spring and is fragrant.

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