365 days of orchids – day 600 – Maxillaria acuminata

For our 600th day we have a species we have not featured previously. This small growing Maxillaria is native to South America from Venezuela to Peru and grows in wet forest from 450-2400m. The plant has a scrambling nature and so we find it does well mounted as long as it can be kept cool and wet (this means drenching daily and not getting too dry by the next day)

The flowers are about 3cm across and a well grown plant produces them in profusion.



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  1. Agnes Jones says:

    Well done for 600 days. I really enjoy reading about your beautiful orchids first thing every morning!

    On our trip to Burnham Nurseries we bought an orchid called Liparis Elliptical. My children wanted it because it looks like an “onion”. It isn’t on your website and there doesn’t appear to be much on the internet. Please could you tell me anything about the orchid. Thank you.

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      That sounds great. We have come across a number of Liparis species in Loas, Sikkim and Rwanda growing as either terrestrials or as epiphytes and as a rule the species with pseudobulbs and leathery leaves are epiphytes while the large soft leaved species are terrestrials.

    • Agnes Jones says:

      Thank you. This one has waxy leaves and two pseudo bulbs. A tree growing “ onion” sounds fun!