Maxillaria biolleyi (Schltr.) L.O.Williams 1941

Photo by Walter Schug


Drawing by Stig Dalstrom

Part Shade CoolColdFallWinter

Common Name Biolley's Maxillaria [Botanist in Costa Rica late 1800's]

Flower Size 3/8 to 1/2" [1.1 to 1.2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in rainforests at elevations of 1600 to 3000 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an erect stem enveloped completely by imbricating leaf sheaths and each carrying, deciduous, narrowly elliptic, acute, conduplicate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on 2 to many per axil, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence subtended by a somewhat membraneous, floral bract

Synonyms Adamanthus biolleyi (Schltr.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Camaridium biolleyi (Schltr.) Schltr. 1918; *Ornithidium biolleyi Schltr. 1910

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 59. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Ornithidium biolleyi; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; 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 75 No 1 2006 photo fide; Lankesteriana 19(1). 31-55 2019 as Camardium biolleyi; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as Camaridium bioleyi photo fide