Maxillaria aggregata (Kunth) Lindl. 1832 sect. Aggregatae Pfitz 1889

Photo by Alex Reynolds and the ORCHIDS of MAQUIPUCUNA Website

Common Name The Clustered Maxillaria

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in cool, wet, cloud and wind-swept forests at elevations of 900 to 2800 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial often on steep slopes with a creeping, elongate rhizome giving rise to ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped by numerous, stiff, imbricating, distichous, linear-lanceolate, acute, blue green leaves that blooms in the summer on many axillary, fasciculate, sessile, single flowered inflorescence with strongly campanulate flowers that open yellow and become pink over time.

Synonyms Dendrobium aggregatum Kunth 1816; Laricorchis aggregata (Kunth) Szlach. 2006; Ornithidium aggregatum (Kunth) Rchb.f. 1854; Ornithidium pfitzerianum F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Ornithidium aggregatum; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 4 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 393 Dodson 1980 drawing ok no 2 lobed lip apex; Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 1988 as Subgen Ornithidium; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 0250 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993 as Ornithidium aggregatum; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 686 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo ok; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 as Ornithidium aggregatum photo fide