Maxillaria tenuifolia

Maxillaria tenuifolia

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Maxillarieae
SubTribe: Maxillariinae
Genus: Maxillaria
Species: Max. tenuifolia
Binomial name
Maxillaria tenuifolia
Lindley 1837

Maxillaria tenuifolia is a species in the Maxillaria genus.


Plant flowers from spring to summer with 3.9 to 5 cm fragrant flowers. Flowers have coconut scent.


Plant is found on dense forest trees and on the lower forest floor in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Niacaragua and Costa Rica from 0 to 1500 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.


Max. tenuifolia Schultz Maxillaria tenuifolia Schultz Lip is magenta with yellow spots. Petal and sepals are magenta with spots near the center and yellow at the edge.


Common Name(s): The Coconut Orchid - The Delicate Leafed Maxillaria


  1. Maxillaria gracilifolia Kraenzel 1927

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