Maxillaria aequiloba Schltr. 1920 sect. Aggregatae Pfitz 1889 Photo by The AOS Species Identification Task Force Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Schlechter


Common Name The Equal Lobed Maxillaria

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Antioquia and Valle de Cauca departments of Colombia and Ecuador at elevaitions around 1800 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to oblong, slighty compressed pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, ligulate, obtuse, canaliculate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a basal, erect, provided with 6 to 7 clasping, shortly acuminate, the uppers somewhat imbricate, peduncular sheaths, glabrous, terete, 3.2 to 3.6" {8 to 9 cm} long, single flowered inflorescence with widely elliptic, apiculate, slightly longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous, fleshy flowers.

Similar to M colorata but M aequiloba is recognizable by the sepals, which are fairly uniform and the three-lobed lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 165 Schlechter 1920; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih.57:225 Schlechter 1929 drawing fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide