Maxillaria speciosa

Maxillaria speciosa 

Maxillaria speciosa                                                                                                                                                          photo C. Solimbergo
taxonomy described by Reichenbach, Heinrich Gustav
  published in      The Gardners' Chronicle & Agricultural Gazette  5 : 197    1876
  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 humid forests of Costa Rica, Panama (Coclè, Veraguez), Colombia (Antioquia, Jardin, Valdivia), 
    Ecuador (Carchi, Pichincha)
plant that has become rare in nature
  altitude 0 - 3000 m  (0 - 9900 ft)

climate informations from Cartago (Cartago, Costa Rica)


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


the weather station data (temperatures are calculated for an altitude of 1500 m / 4950 ft) :

    Maxillaria speciosa b gr uk
  photoperiod in Cartago this orchid blooms with a photoperiod, which varies during the year, from 12 h 37 m' to 11 h 23 m'
  life form epiphyte
  brightness    partial shade to low
inflorescence     length 16 - 20 cm  (6.4" - 8"), basal
  nr flowers 1
  size single flower  12 L 9 cm  (4.8" L 3.6")
  duration single flower, ≈ 25 - 30 days      
  time to bloom from birth, ≈ 60 days
CITES appendix II

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