Maxillaria laevilabris Lindl. 1845 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Another Color Form Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Another Color Form Photo courtesy of Tien Pham of V&T Orchids


Common Name The Shiny Lip Maxillaria

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in wet montane forests at elevations of 850 to 2100 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with oblate-elliptic, compressed, ancipitous pseudobulbs carrying a single, apcial, ovate-oblong, acute leaf that is abruptly conduplicate basally and blooms in the winter, spring and fall on a basal, single flowered, to 2 1/5" [to 5.5 cm] long inflorescence arising with a new growth and enveloped almost completely covered by 6, strongly compressed, falcate, imbricating sheaths.

Synonyms Maxillaria koehleri Schltr. 1921; Sauvetrea laevilabris (Lindl.) M.A.Blanco 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921 as M koehleri; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 104 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 as M koehleri photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide