Camaridium vestitum (Sw.) Lindl.

Small Flowered Maxillaria

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Accepted Synonyms: Camaridium micranthum, Cymbidium vestitum, Maxillaria parviflora

Camaridium vestitum, the Small Flowered Maxillaria, is a rhizome forming epiphyte with a distribution that includes the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. In the U.S. it is known from the Fahkahatchee Swamp (Collier County, Florida) but has not been seen since the 1970s. The leaves are pendulous and each pseudobulb has a single leaf. Plants can grow to 1 m in length. Inflorescences form at the base of pseudobulbs and each has small flowers (2-4 mm) that are white to light yellow with a yellow-orange lip.

Camaridium vestitum is apparently secure across its wide range but endangered in Florida where it may be extirpated.


Pollinator information for this orchid has not been reported in North America but in Brazil, stingless bees in the Apidae tribe Meliponini and the ant subfamily, Ponerinae, have been documented as pollinators. Bee pheromone mimicry may attract bees to the flowers to promote pollination.

Ecosystem Type

Swamps, woodlands


Number of leaves on stem:
Form of the labellum:
the labellum is not pouch-like
Labellum outline:
the labellum is lobed
Main color of labellum:
  • orange
  • yellow
Nectar spur:
Labellum characteristics:
the labellum is lobed
Labellum length:
2–4 mm
Sepal length:
6–7 mm
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Native to North America


North American Conservation Status & Distribution

Conservation Status

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Conservation and Wetland Status
Global Rank Apparently Secure
US Status N/A
Canadian Status N/A

North America Distribution

Adapted from USDA data