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Maxillaria picta

Maxillaria picta
Photo Information
Copyright: Raimundo Mesquita (mesquens) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 168 W: 9 N: 287] (2073)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-16
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ7
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-16 16:29
Viewed: 4543
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Maxillaria picta is one of the better known Brazilian species of the genus. It has a wide distribution range on the coastal mountains, where plants are found usually above 2000 ft. The main distribution is on the Serra do Mar complex (which is the most coastal range in south/eastern Brazil), that goes from Rio Grande to Sul to Espírito Santo States, and includes well-known mountains like the Organ Mountains in Rio de Janeiro. In São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo States, plants are also found on the Serra da Mantiqueira, which is the second mountain range from the sea. Plants grow inside the forest, but usually on higher branches where they can get enough light but still benefit from humidity form the forest and also from the fog these mountains are frequently subject to. Plants of Maxillaria picta can also be found growing on rocks, either on more exposed areas inside the forest, or on totally exposed rocks on areas subject to high humidity. In this case, plants are usually found with some protection from shrubs but still getting plenty of light. Maxillaria picta is one of the showiest Brazilian species of the genus. Plants are rather compact, with two leaves on each pseudobulb, and produce several flowers at once on each growth. These are produced on fairly short (about 2"-3" in general) individual inflorescences. and they are usually about 1 1/2" and don't open well. Color is yellowish going to whitish to the tips of the segments and with brownish-red marking on the exterior of the sepals and petals. Flowers are extremely fragrant.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-16 17:54]

Hi Raimundo,
very special composition of these wild orchids. Excellent positioning. the plants itself is so lively and beautiful in its way. Well preserved shot in its natural surrounding and beautiful scenery intact.


Hello Raimundo,

This is a very beautiful plant, and your photo of it is beautiful as well. Good exposure, excellent sharpness and detail, composed so that the plant's habitat can be seen in the background. The background retains just enough detail to let the viewer see where the photo was made, but it's softened so as to not detract from the subject. Very nicely done!

This photo deserves lot of points!


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