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Maxillaria picta

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LIGHT Partial shade
HUMIDTY Moderate humidity is preferred
WATER Moist; 3-5 waterings per week (let dry lightly between waterings)
BLOOM   to    Fragrant blooms from winter into fall


A charming and compact outdoor-grower from Brazil, which has a sweet and slightly pungent fragrance. The flower's base color is butter-yellow with fine, dark burgundy markings on the flower's reverse. Recently re-classified as Brasiliorchis picta. .Temperature Tolerant. April blooming. Species from Central America.




From Jay's Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia

Common Name or Meaning The Painted Maxillaria

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Brazil and Argentina as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte and occaisional lithophyte with erect, ovoid-conical to ovoid-oblong, longitudinally sulcate pseudobulbs that are enveloped basally by several scarious sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, coriaceous, linear-lanceolate, to linear-oblong, obtuse leaves that are attenuate into the petiole below and blooms in the winter and spring on a basal, erect, single flowered inflorescence and carrying sometimes fragrant flowers.


  • Brasiliorchis picta (Hook.) R.B.Singer, S.Koehler & Carnevali 2007
  • Epidendrum uniflorum Vell. 1831
  • Maxillaria fuscata Klotsch 1888
  • Maxillaria hoehnei Schltr. 1921
  • Maxillaria kreysigii ex Beer Rchb.f 1854
  • Maxillaria kreysigii Hoffmanns. ex Regel 1856
  • Maxillaria leucocheila Hoffmannsegg 1843
  • Maxillaria monoceras Klotsch 1863
  • Maxillaria picta var rupestris Hooker 1832
  • Maxillaria punctata Hoehne not Lodd. 1949
  • Maxillaria rupestris var brevis Hoehne & Schlechter 1927
  • Maxillaria rupestris var minor Hoehne 1952



  • W3 Tropicos
  • Kew Monocot list
  • IPNI
  • Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo good
  • Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good
  • Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M hoehnei 1921
  • Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing good
  • AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 1 1957 photo
  • Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965
  • Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993
  • Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 as M rupestris
  • Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994
  • 100 Orquideas Argentinas Freuler 2005 photo fide
  • Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 4 2007 photo
  • Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide



Photo top-right,  Oliver Lenhard.  Plant and Flowers in situ Sao Paulo Brazil Photo by © Ismael Nilton Vischi.   Photo bottom, Patricia Harding.  You can visit Jay's web site by following this link.


From Orchids Wiki

Maxillaria picta

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Maxillarieae
SubTribe: Maxillariinae
Genus: Maxillaria
Species: Max. picta
Binomial name
Maxillaria picta
Hook. 1832


Maxillaria picta is a species in the Maxillaria genus



Plant blooms from winter to spring with a single 5 cm wide flower. Flowers are fragrant.



Plant is found in the Brazil and Argentina.



Plant can be grown in a fine bark medium, full sphagnum moss, or mounted on treefern or cork. Grow in cool to warm conditions with medium amounts of light. Water regularly and keep mix moist but not wet. Plant require semi-dry rest through the winter month.



Common Name: The Painted Maxillaria



  1. Maxillaria hoehnei Schltr. 1921
  2. Maxillaria kreysigii Hoffmanns. ex Regel 1856
  3. Maxillaria leucocheila Hoffmannsegg 1843;







    Orchid Board - Most Complete Orchid Forum on the web ! > ORCHID ALLIANCES > Maxillaria Alliance


It is a very easy plant to grow! It is very difficult to over water. It's not a slow grower, which many people will thoroughly appreciate. It can grow in a variety of potting media. It can handle a lot of strong lighting. The lighting is like that for Vandas.

Temperature tolerant. I've grown this outdoors all its life, all year round - 36 F - 100 F.

In nature it is a lithophyte, possibly an epiphyte on occasion.

Simple, simple, simple. No complicated twists or turns to grow. Perfect for a beginner.

I've grown it in bark just fine. I've grown it in straight up moss just fine. I've grown it in a mixture of SuperSphag and perlite just fine. I'm currently growing it in a mixture of SuperSphag and pumice. I think it can even grow in straight up pumice! I've grown it in an opaque plastic pot. I currently have it in a clear plastic pot. It simply does not matter! If it is healthy, it will find a way to grow!!!

I've dropped it and injured a few of the pseudobulbs a couple times, and it doesn't matter. It's been through wind storms and rain storms, no problems!

This one is a soldier!







Andy's Orchids


Genus: Maxillaria Species: picta Origin: Brazil

a fabulous floriferous Brazilian species, clumping 2" grooved conical bulbs topped with a pair of 12" thin leaves, up to a dozen single flowered 6" spikes are produced per maturing growth, the somewhat cuppy 2" blooms have a two toned appearance, with a cream colored streaked purple on the outside of the sepals and petals, while bright yellow on the inside, and a white lip with a yellow mid lobe, very attractive, fragrant, and easy grower. (Additional shipping may apply due to size of plant) 


Blooming Season: Spring,Summer Blooming
Light: Bright; 2500-3500 Footcandles (very bright indirect light)
Temperature: Cool, Intermediate to Warm; 40°F min. to 95°F max. (tolerant of extremes, favoring cool)
Watering: Moist; 3-5 waterings per week (let dry lightly between waterings)


You can visit Andy's Orchids and explore this and other orchids by following this link.


Similar orchids

If you appreciate the Maxillaria tenuifolia, then the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate recommends the following orchids as well. Orchids noted with a asteric * are included in the NVOS web site, all other links will open a new browser window to the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate page.


Maxillaria bradei

Maxillaria brunnea

Maxillaria nutans type

Maxillaria pachyphylla

Maxillaria richii

Maxillaria tenuifolia *

Maxillaria variabilis var. yellow *

Maxillaria variabilis



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