Maxillaria compacta (Schltr.) P.Ortiz 1991 sect. Ornithidium [Salisb.] Christenson 2013 TYPE Drawing of Ornithidium compactum by Schlechter

Common Name The Compact Maxillaria

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a woody, branching rhizome enveloped by sheaths giving rise to an erect, short, compact, densely leafy stem carrying erect-patent to suerect, narrowly ligulate, obtuse, shiny above, fleshy-coriaceous, acute leaves that blooms a few short, .4"{1 cm} long, single flowered inflorescence with deltoid, small, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glaborus, erect-patent, fleshy flowers.

Similar to Maxillaria jamesonii but M Compacta is much more vigorous in growth with strikingly thick stems and distinguished by the bi-lobed lip

Synonyms Adamanthus compactus (Schltr.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; *Ornithidium compactum Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 177 Schlechter 1920 as Orniothidium compactum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih.57:243 Schlechter1929 as Ornithidium compactum drawing fide; &Orquideologia Vol 18 #1 1991;