Maxillaria acicularis plate
Maxillaria acicularis plate from Curtis' Botanical Magazine 74

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Maxillarieae
SubTribe: Maxillariinae
Genus: Christensonella
Szlach., Mytnik, Górniak & Smiszek 2006
Type Species
Christensonella subulata

Christensonella is a genus of about 21 species that were separated from Maxillaria by DNA sequence data and cytological diversity.


Plants are distributed from south of Bahia State, in Brazil, to Misiones, in Argentina, with a few species distributed from Central America and western South America, occurring from Bolivia up to southern Mexico.


Species belonging to Christensonella can also be easily recognized by their whitish-to-yellow or red-to-maroon coloured flowers, generally with a shiny spot in the midlobe lip and, commonly, by the roots with annular expansions of the velamen


Plants grow in various temperature and light ranges depending on species. Plant can be grown in a fine bark medium, full sphagnum moss, or mounted on treefern or cork. Water regularly and keep mix moist but not wet. Plant require semi-dry rest through the winter month.


Species Edit

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