Maxillaria leptosepala

orchidnickAugust 23, 2013

This one is a mystery. Jay Phal does not list Maxillaria leptosepala, it does not google up either. The tag is from Ecuagenera they usually know what they are talking about. I cannot find reference to this plant. I will contact Ecuagenera to see what they have to say. Nice flower anyway, definitely a Maxillaria, maybe a synonym. Our speaker tonight is Tom Mirenda, curator of orchids at the Smithsonian, who is talking on the orchids of Central America, I'll show him the plant and see what he has to say.

Nick

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tucker_sp(Z4 MN)

Very nice looking - how big is that flower?
Tucker

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 10:44PM
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orchidnick

Flower is 2" across. Tom Mirenda also did not recognize the name leptosepala, thinks it might be a synonym. Ecuagenera is know for doing that. Suddenly a new Dracula appeared, Dracula hartmanii. There is no such thing, it is a synonym for ???? I forgot but the point is that no one seems to be aware of a Maxillaria septosepala so I'm sure a synonym is what we are dealing with.

Nick

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 1:55AM
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Greencurls(Z5)

Nick, your Maxillaria collection has some very intriguing offers.

Could leptosepala be a synonym for Maxillaria luteoalba or Max. dillonii?

http://www.orchidspecies.com/maxdillonii.htm

Here is a link that might be useful: Max. luteoalba

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 11:44AM
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orchidnick

Could well be lutea-alba, Ron Kaufman somewhat of a Max specialist says that luteo-alba is a confusing species with overlap into others. Wouldn't put it past Ecuagenera to play with names like that. I have luteo-alba and it has bloomed in the past but at the present time there is no evidenve of bloom activity. I don't have dillonii but iit also looks the part.

Nick

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 12:06PM
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Greencurls(Z5)

When I was looking at the reference list on Jay Phal's site under Max. setigera, I saw references to Maxillaria leptosepala. Such as the Native Columbian Orchids Vol 6 reference that mentions "Max. luteo alba = Max. leptosepala = Max setigera."

When I tried to follow the bread crumbs to a citation about these synonyms, things just got murky. I definitely see how Max. luteo-alba could be confusing group.

Whatever it is, it is a captivating flower.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 12:31PM
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ifraser25(z11 Brazil)

It's got to be setigera. It's one of the commonest Maxes from that region. It's an old Latino trick, give it a strange synonym to bump up the price! - Ian

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 8:35PM
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orchidnick

And get people to buy the same plant twice.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 8:44PM
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ifraser25(z11 Brazil)

heheheh!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 9:34PM
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orchidnick

It's ad it again. 3 flowers this time. The leaf on the right looks virused, I'm going to have to test it.

nick

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 7:41PM
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