Maxillaria triloris E. Morren 1870 sect. Aggregatae Pfitz 1889 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Yellow Color Form Photo by Phillipe Musschoot in Belgium

Side View Photo By Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dale Martin


Common Name The Three Straped Maxillaria

Flower Size 4 1/2" [11.25 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela as medium to large sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte found at elevations of 800 to 1800 meters with slightly compressed, recumbent pseudobulbs carrying a single apical, linear-lanceolate, narrowing below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, 5" [12.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and enveloped by 4 to 5, loose, tubular, acuminate bracts.

Said to be a synonym of M. luteo-alba, but I have kept it separate until more info rolls in.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Photos by J P Janovec and the Atrium Biodiversity Information System Website Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993 photo ok; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo ok; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo hmm; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 photo; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 6 2004 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide