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Clear Mountain Garden TreasuresMaxillaria variabilis

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Glossary
epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
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lithophyte
A plant that grows on rocks or stony soils.
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pseudobulb
A swollen stem found mainly in orchids
see also Bulbs, Corms and Tubers.
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rhizome
A usually horizontal stem (sometimes underground)
that grows new roots and shoots along its length
see also Bulbs, Corms and Tubers.
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epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
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lithophyte
A plant that grows on rocks or stony soils.
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pseudobulb
A swollen stem found mainly in orchids
see also Bulbs, Corms and Tubers.
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rhizome
A usually horizontal stem (sometimes underground)
that grows new roots and shoots along its length
see also Bulbs, Corms and Tubers.
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Maxillaria variabilis

Flower

Brown colour form.
Family Orchidaceae
Name Maxillaria variabilis
Abbreviation Max.
Etymology
Maxillaria From Latin maxilla meaning jaw, referring to part of the flower that resembles an insect's jaw.
variabilis From Latin variabilis meaning variable, referring to the variable flower colour.

  See also:  Other Genera

This Maxillaria grows as an epiphyte or lithophyte in a variety of humid, high elevation, habitats of Central and South America. The oval pseudobulbs grown on a rising rhizome, and after a few years, the plant tends to climb out of its pot. The flowers are produced from the base of the pseudobulb.


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