Maxillaria praestans

Maxillaria praestans 

Maxillaria praestans                                                                                                                                                         photo C. Solimbergo
taxonomy described by Reichenbach, Heinrich Gustav 
  published in      The Gardners' Cronicle, new series  23 ( 592 ) : 566    2 May 1885
Maxillaria cucullata       synonymous, color variant of Maxillaria praestans
  described by Lindley, John
  published in Edwards' s Botanical Register  26 : t . 12    4 feb 1840
  family Orchidaceae
  subfamily Epidendroideae
  tribe Cymbidieae
  subtribe Maxillariinae
  genus Maxillaria  Ruiz & Pavon 1794

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 humid forests in Mexico ( Chiapas) , Guatemala, Honduras,  Nicaragua
  altitude 840 - 1550 m  (2770 - 5100 ft)

climate informations from Cobàn (Alta Verapaz, Guatemala)


Köppen climate classification : Cfb, humid subtropical climate in all seasons, with hot summers


the weather station data (temperatures are calculated for an altitude of 1200 m / 3960 ft)

    Maxillaria praestans b gr uk
  photoperiod in Cobàn this orchid blooms with a photoperiod, which varies during the year, from 13 h 02 m' to 10 h 58 m'
  life form epiphyte
  brightness    partial shade
inflorescence     length 8 - 10 cm  (3.2" - 4"), basal  
  nr flowers 1, fragrant
  size single flower  4 L 5 cm  (1.6" L 2")
  duration  single flower, ≈ 10 - 14 days     
  time to bloom from birth, ≈ 30 - 40 days
CITES appendix II


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