Yesterday I received two orchids I bought. Both were replacement orchids. One was the Cattleya Nutley. I bought that one because the one I had was on a doomed path and I wanted to have another one just in case the first one died. The other replacement orchid is a Maxillaria Tenuifolia. It’s not that the one I have is about to be no more but the poor orchid is weak and I don’t expect her to recover fully for at least two years (maybe I’m being too pessimistic?). Anyway. I was going to buy a Maxillaria but… the store had a Maxillaria variegated! That wasn’t reason enough to feature this orchid in a entry just for her. It’s just that… well, take a look.
The variegation is not on the leaves but on the pseudobulbs. Yeah, they’re not rotting, they simply have that colouring pattern. Let’s take a closer look.
Yeah, it really looks like the pseudobulb is yellowing because there’s something wrong with it, but that’s not the case. The media is all covered in a layer of moss. Hmmm… that might alter my repotting plans… Anyway, I wanted to show the difference between this maxillaria and the other one I have.
One might say “yeah, one is bigger than the other, but one is recovering from losing all of her roots and everything”. I agree but the older pseudobulbs of my small maxillaria are smaller than the variegated ones. Those old pseudobulbs didn’t suffer any shock, so I think I can say they’re normal size. Also, the length of the leaves.
My small maxillaria has looooong leaves (well, leaf at the moment, the rest are still growing) while the variegated has shorter leaves. Well, I guess we’ll see in the future if they’re exactly the same (minus the variegation) or if they’re different.
I’m going to use the “maxillaria tenuifolia variegated” tag for this one and the “maxillaria tenuifolia” tag for the other. I’ll also list them apart in the List of my orchids link under the header.