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Maxillariella tenuifolia

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Maxillariella
Species: tenuifolia (ten-yoo-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Maxillaria gracilifolia
Synonym:Maxillaria tenuifolia

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Monocromatico On Apr 24, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

Even though the plant is small, it can spread quite fast. Three years ago I bought a container with 3 pseudobulbs. The newest pseudobulb origined, like, 2 or 3 new pseudobulbs, each one producing 2 or 3 other new pseudobulbs at the end of the blooming season (which sometimes occurs 2 a year), each one generating a single flower. The flower is small too, but its color and pale yellow spots, plus the callousities on the labellum makes it a little jewel to be observed. A rocky substract with a little of organic soil, plus regular water and a light shaded place can make it grow quite well. A warm climate may be important too, but Im not sure.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brea, California
Rowland Heights, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Largo, Florida
Miami, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida

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