Maxillaria alba

Maxillaria alba 

Maxillaria alba                                                                                                                                                                   photo C. Solimbergo
taxonomy described by (Hooker)  Lindley, John
  published in      The Genera and Species of Orchidaceous Plants  143    Dec. 1832
  family Orchidaceae
  subfamily Epidendroideae
  tribe Cymbidieae
  subtribe Maxillariinae
  genus Maxillaria  Ruiz & Pavon 1794
  metabolism CAM pathway, stomata of the leaves are open at night.  
    (K.Silvera, L.S. Santiago, J.C. Cushman, K. Winter - International Symposium on Plant Biology, August 2013)
    it is useful give the soluble mineal nutriens, on the roots.
native of origins

rainforests of Carabbean (Cuba, Monte Verde, Jamaica), Mexico (Chiapas, Ocosingo), Belize (Cajo, Toledo,


Stann Creek), Guatemala (Alta Verapaz), Honduras (Cortès), El Salvador, Nicaragua (Rio San Juan, Chontales),


Costa Rica,Panama (Canal Area, Chiriquì, Colon, Coclè, Darièn, Panamà), Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, 


Venezuela (Amazonas, Anzoàtegui, Aragua, Barinas, Miranda, Tàchira, Merida), Colombia (Antioquia, Meta),


Ecuador (Esmeraldas, Imbabura, Los Rios, Napo, Alajuela), Peru (Oxapampa, Pasco, Tambopata),


Bolivia (Santa Cruz), Brazil (Goiás, Parà)

  altitude 0 - 1850 m  (0 - 6100 ft)

climate informations from Catalao (Goiàs, Brazil)


Köppen climate classification : Aw, tropical savanna climate (with a dry season and a rainy season)


the weather station data (temperatures are calculated for an altitude of 900 m / 2970 ft) :

    Maxillaria alba b gr uk
  photoperiod in Catalao this orchid blooms with a photoperiod, which varies during the year, from 13 h 12 m' to 10 h 48 m'
  life form epiphyte
  brightness    partial shade
infiorescence    lentgh 5 - 6 cm  (2" - 2.4"), basal 
  nr flowers 1, fragrant
  size single flower  2 L 4 cm  (0.8" L 1.6")
  duration single flower, ≈ 30 days      
  time to bloom from birth, ≈ 20 days
CITES appendix II


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