Maxillaria curtipes Hook. 1841 - See Also Maxillaria variabilis Bateman ex Lindl. 1837 Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

Different lip Mexican formPhoto courtesy of Noble Bashor


Common Name The Short-Column Maxillaria

Flower Size 3/4"

Found from Mexico south to Costa Rica in wet montane forests as a medium sized, cool to warm, ascending or pendulous growing epiphyte found at elevations of 1000 to 3300 meters with a stout rhizome carrying ellipsoid-oblong, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, imbricating leaf bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear, coriaceous, obtuse and obliquely retuse apically, conduplicate below into the elongate petiole leaf that can bloom at any time of the year on an axillary, 3/4 to 1 1/2" [2 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb enveloped by imbricating sheaths with the waxy, showy long-lasting flower held way below the leaves.

This species is often listed as a synonym of M variabilis and very likely is but I have them separate here as they are often sold separately.

Synonyms Maxillariella curtipes (Hook.) M.A. Blanco & Carnevali 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1045 Dodson 1984 drawing ok; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1342 Atwood 1993 drawing fide