Maxillaria brachypetala Schltr. 1921 TYPE Drawing by Schlechter


Common Name The Short Petal Maxillaria

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Junin department of Peru at elevations above 2000 meters as an cold growing, tree climbing epiphyte with a repent, flexuous, few branching, rhizome with fairly close set, compressed, widely oval pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ligulate, obtuse, sessile base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, peduncle subflexuous, provided with 4 compressed, dorsally carinate, wide, laxly clasping bracts, 1.6 to 2" {4 to 5 cm} long, single flowered inflorescence with wide, longer than the similar peduncular bracts, half as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying widely opening, yellow brown flowers.

Similar to M crassifolia but differs specifically in the coarser flower and the shape of the lip, especially the anterior lobe.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 9:102 Schlechter 1921 ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih.57:489 Schlechter 1929 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964?;