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Maxillaria rufescens

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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Maxillarieae
SubTribe: Maxillariinae
Genus: Maxillaria
Species: Max. rufescens
Binomial name
Maxillaria rufescens
Lindley 1835

Maxillaria rufescens is a species in the Maxillaria genus.


Plant blooms at any time of the year with a single 3 to 4 cm fragrant flower. Flowers are vanilla scented.


Plant is found in wet tropical forest in Caribbean, Central America and south to Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Venezuela at elevations around 200 to 2000 meter at elevations of 200 to 1700 meters


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 Light Fox-Red Maxillaria


  1. Camaridium rugosum (Scheidw.) Hoehne 1947
  2. Maxillaria abelei Schltr. 1921
  3. Maxillaria articulata Klotsch 1853
  4. Maxillaria fuscata Hort not Klotsch 1836
  5. Maxillaria rufescens var. flavida Rchb. f. 1869
  6. Maxillaria rufescens var. florida Rchb. f. 1869
  7. Maxillaria rufescens var. minor Fawc. & Rendle 1910
  8. Maxillaria rugosa Scheidw. 1843
  9. Maxillaria vanillodora Rchb.f 1857