Sunday, September 22, 2013
Maxillaria sanderiana Reichenbach f. ex Sander 1888, at the Botanical Garden in Quito, Ecuador
I saw this plant in the orchid house of the Botanical Garden of Quito, Ecuador. Although this orchid was not identified with a tag, the flowers resemble the flowers of Maxillaria sanderiana that are in my books. Max. sanderiana is native of Ecuador and Peru, where it is epiphytic or lithophytic on stony slopes.¹ The flowers of this species are variable in the extent of purple around the base of the floral segments, and the size of the lip.² This orchid was in a raised bed composed of coarse gravel, if there was a pot buried in the gravel it was impossible to say.
¹La Croix, I. F. 2008. The new encyclopedia of orchids: 1500 species in cultivation
²Zelenko, H., Bermudez, P. 2009. Orchid species of Peru