Maxillaria houtteana Rchb.f. 1858

Drawing by Cogniaux

Part ShadeWarm Cool ColdMOSTLY Winterto Spring

Common Name Houtte's Maxillaria [German Orchid Collector 1800's]]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua at elevations around 1700 to 2300 meters in humid oak forests, montane rainforests, rupicolus on cliffs and in Mesophytic barranca forests as a solitary leafed, pendant growing, miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte with oblong to oblong-elliptic, compressed, 2 to 3 furrowed, yellow-green, carrrying a single, apical erect, arched, linear-oblong, acute to obtuse, emarginate, dorsally carinate, conduplicate towards the base leaf that blooms on a short to 1/2" [1.5 cm], sheathed inflorescence with waxy, long-lasting, color variable flowers occuring almost year round but most often in winter through spring.

Differs from the similar M tenuiolia in the larger, thicker leaves, the larger callus and the lack of scent to lightly phenoiol scented but with no coconut fragrance.

Synonyms Maxillariella houtteana (Rchb. f.) M.A. Blanco & Carnevali

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 as excluded taxa ; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 617 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Maxillariella houttenana; The Orchid Review Vol 1278 No 1330 June 2020 photo fide;