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May 28, 2009

Maxillaria rufescens

Jay forwarded the photos and description to Eric Christenson, and Eric's
response is below, unaltered.

Dear Jay,

This is definetly Maxillaria abelei but since the condescending-one
Govaerts doesn't accept this species . . . . . It is from northern Peru
and the boldness of the spots on the lip is like nothing else in
Maxillaria section Rufescens (Mormolyca sensu Gainesville and presumably

It is NOT Maxillaria rufescens.


Maxillaria rufescens, award # 20088446(this number may not be correct as I can’t read the form clearly- please check your records for the correct number), has been confirmed to be correctly identified as Maxillaria rufescens by SITF. Eric Christensen, in providing assistance with the confirmation, states it is Maxillaria abelei. The Kew Monocot list considers M. abelei to be a synonym of M. rufescens.

Patricia Harding

May 26, 2009

Maxillaria ecuadorensis determined to be Maxillaria luteo-grandiflora

And yes I told them next time to send it to the aos. This should be good. I know what Eric’s answer is, but I think he is wrong. I have this one plus others that clearly are different and eric says they are all the same. Mario had me send the pictures of the bunch to Carnevali…and no reply. As many of us in the pnw have pieces of bunches of these, getting the right name will be nice.

From: William Jasen [] Sent: Monday, May 25, 2009 8:34 PMTo: Bill Zimmerman;; Bergen Todd; william_g_bill_jasen@rl.govSubject: SITF form for Award 20087328

Bill Thanks for reminding me that I could still send in my provisional award for identification or confirmation of the plant.Attached is the SITF Information Form for my plant identified by Selby as Max ecuadorensis (which is obviously wrong). Photos from Mike Pearson are also attached. The orchid is very similar to Max triloris but many people have told me it is something different.

History on the plant is that it came from Lil Severin's collection out of Cupertino CA. Lil and Hank Severin collected the plant from South America and the story is a bit inconclusive as to which country. One story says the plant is from Ecuador the other story is that its from Venezuela. Lil and Hank passed on many years ago so there is no way to obtain more info on the plant. But I am sure it is collected or imported as I recall having seen the plant in their greenhouse many many years ago in the 1970's.

One oddity - the plant has a dozen growths with leaves, 11 are a single leathery leaf, and one has 2 leaves emanating from the pseudobulb. Hopefully the SITF can provide a conclusive identification.

Bill Jasen

Maxillaria ecuadorensis, award 20087328,has been determined to be Maxillaria luteo-grandiflora by SITF, July 2009, with assistance from Eric Christenson. There is already a CHM to this species. If you feel this clone is different from the previous award, state those differences in your description and process the award, otherwise the award will be nullified.

Patricia Harding

Dendrobium friedericksianum

Attached are two images for this species. This was awarded a CHM in
Florida and, while there are other awards to the species, a CHM must be
identified. The award description is:

Forty-five pendent flowers on 12 inflorescences; flower base color
uniform banana yellow; lip throat gold, striated green; substance good;
texture glossy, lip matte; species distributed from Southeast Thailand
to Cambodia; plant remarkable for exquisite parallel arrangement of

Natural spread: 5.4cm horizontal x 5.6cm vertical
Dorsal sepal: 1.1cm wide x 3.6cm long
lateral sepals: 1.3cm wide x 3.2cm long
petals: 1.9cm wide x 3.5cm long
lip: 2.2cm wide x 2.5cm long


This one came for Florida North Central, actually through me since the chair sent it on without an id. Your email to me and Pam are sufficient. I'll let Ken know.-----Original Message-----From: Patricia Harding To:;; 'Pamela Giust' Sent: Fri, 29 May 2009 4:25 pmSubject: another one

I don’t know which region this one came from—Ron do you want to forward this to whoever or should I send again
Dendrobium friedricksianum, award xxxx, has been confirmed to be Dendrobium friedricksianum by the SITF May 2009. You can now process the award.
Patricia Harding, chair SITF

May 25, 2009

Myrmecophila exaltata

Hi Lou,
I’ve got together a group of photos, including a scan of the award sheet for the Mcp. exaltata. I actually noticed something on the award sheet…the genus name is spelled incorrectly. Ummm…?
I bought it as a small seedling two years ago from a grower associated with Sun Bulb in Arcadia, Joe Hayden. It was tagged Schom. exaltata.
I still consider it to be a young plant, first time blooming this year with a single 83cm long inflorescence. When I got it the p-bulbs were about 6 to 7 cm long. The last 3 to grow range from 24 to 26cm long; leaf span is 25 to 27cm. So far all the p-bulbs have 2 leaves. My brysiana did the same thing when it was younger, although the newest p-bulbs on it now have 3 and 4 leaves on them – is this usual for Myremecophilas?

In any event, additional information about the plant that might be helpful:

That’s what I’ve got for you…hopefully it turns out to be as tagged. If you need additional measurements or photos, please let me know.

Thanks again, David
To: Lou Lodyga
Myrmecophila exaltata, award 20095145, has been confirmed to be Myrmecophila exaltata by the SITF May 2009. You can now process the award.
Patricia Harding, chair SITF

May 21, 2009

Dendrobium purpureum forma alba

This is all we got.

Dendrobium purpureum fma album, award 20096254, has been confirmed to be Dendrobium purpureum var. album by the SITF June 2009. You can now process the award.

May 14, 2009

Maxillaria af. guareimensis confirmed to be Maxillaria procurrens

Awarded as Maxillaria c.f. guareimensis
Three flowers and one bud produced singly from the leaf bases close to the end of one of five new growths; growths/stems rhizomatous sub-erect to 16cm long arising from 2 basal flattened pseudobulbs forming aerial pseudobulbs at a distance of 1.5 to 4cm from the previous pseudobulb; flowers triangular, petals reflexed; sepals golden on back, overlaid brick red on proximal two thirds, on front overlaid brick red except along the margin and bar-like patches along mid-veins; petals and lip brick red overlaid deep black-red on proximal half; column curved, golden proximally; substance heavy; texture matte except on lip overlay where it is glossy.

Dear Peter,

Maxillaria c.f. guareimensis, award 20095017, has been confirmed to be Maxillaria procurrens by the SITF May 2009, with assistance from Mario Blanco, Mark Whitten, and Eric Christenson. There is already a CHM for this species.
Patricia Harding, chair SITF

May 01, 2009

Epidendrum alpicola confirmed to be Epidendrum aenigmaticum

From Ron: What we know about this......It was purchased from Eduardo
Sanchez several years ago with the only identification being Epi.
species/from Ecuador. I believe that Eric Hagsater looked at the image
and has said it belongs to the Alpicolum group of Epidendrums. It
should up at a judging labeled Epi. alpicola and received I believe a CBR.
Another trickle of information from Ron:
Thirty stellate flowers and three buds clustered on distal half of one semi-arched inflorescence; reed-stem growths 18cm long flattened, distal half leaved, leafless portion 0.4cm wide; sepals and petals light yellow-green; lip cream-color; column white; ovary light green, smooth, 0.3cm long by 0.1cm wide; substance firm; texture matte; species native to Ecuador; flowers fragrant.
NS 1.6 X 1.2; DS 0.4 X 0.8; P 0.1 X 0.8; LS 0.4 X 0.9; LIP 0.4 X 1.0

Epidendrum alpicola Award # unknown has been confirmed to be Epidendrum aenigmaticum by SITF (May 2009) with assistance by Eric Hagsater.
Odontoglossum sceptrum Award # 20095610 has been confirmed to be Odontoglossum sceptrum by SITF (May 2009).

You can now process the awards.