Maxillaria brevilabia Ames & Correll 1943 sect. Pseudomaxillaria [Hoehne] Christenson 2013

Flower Closeup Photo by Walter Schug and His MesoAmerican Orchid Page

PArt ShadeWarmCoolSummer THROUGHWinter

Common Name The Short Lipped Maxillaria

Flower Size 1/4" t o3/8" [6.5 to 8 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in montane rainforests at elevations of 1000 to 2500 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a creeping, cane-forming stem with 1 to 2" [2.5 to 5 cm] between each, ancipitous, elliptic-cylindric pseudobulb enveloped in youth by 2, enlarged, sheaths and carrying a single, apical, narrowly elliptic, obtuse to rounded, gradually narrowing below in to the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer through winter on many short inflorescence that give rise all along the rhizome between each pseudobulb.

Synonyms Ornithidium alfaroi Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 as Camridium brevilabium photo fide;