Maxillaria insolita Dressler 1981 sect. Strictae Christenson 2011

Another Angle TYPE Photos by Robert Dressler

Another Color

Plant and Flower Photos by Patricia Harding


Common Name The Strange Maxillaria [refers to its unexpected, unusual, very different flower shape and color for a Maxillaria]

Flower Size 2.5" [6.75 cm]

Found in Panama and Colombia at elevations of 100 to 1000 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with an elongate rhizome with 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] between each ellipsoid, laterally compressed pseudobulb enveloped basally by 3 to 4, foliaceous, conduplicate, 3.6 to 8" [9 to 20 cm] long, elliptic, acute bracts and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, acute, well defined petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring, summer and early fall on a newly developing pseudobulb, successively single, 2 to 3 per shoot, peduncle 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, provided with 3 thin, narrowly triangular, acute, somewhat carinate above bracts, single flowered inflorescence.

The type photos are not true to color, Patricia's photos are correct for the flower color.

Synonyms Calawaya insolita (Dressler) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Camaridium insolitum (Dressler) M.A.Blanco 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 14 #3 Dressler 1981 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide