Maxillaria angustissima Ames, F.T.Hubb. & C.Schweinf. 1934

Photo by Walter Schug

Part ShadeWarmCoolSummer THROUGHFall

Common Name The Narrowest Maxillaria [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Guatemala, southern Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet montane rainforests at elevations of 900 to 1500 meters as a small to just medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a pendant rhizome giving rise to hidden pseudobulbs enveloped by leaf-bearing rhizome sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elongate, narrowly linear, attenuate at both ends leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a lateral, from the rhizome axils, .4 to 1.2" [1 to 3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a subequal, acute floral bract.

Synonyms Maxillaria acutifolia Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 844 Hamer 1983 drawing ok Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1337 Mora and Atwood 1989 drawing ok; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 6 2007 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide