Maxillaria discolor [Lodd. ex Lindley] Rchb.f 1861 sect. Iridifoliae Pfitz 1889

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Common Name The Different Colored Maxillaria

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Belize, Nicaragua, Trinidad, French Guiana, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil in wet montane forests and is found at altitudes of 200 to 1600 meters as a medium sized, caespitose, hot to cool growing epiphytic species with prominent, unifoliate, oblong-elliptic, strongly compressed, shiny pseudobulbs carrying 2, imbricate leaf bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, lorate, obliquely bilobed, coriaceous leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall with solitary flowers opening in succession on a very short, axillary inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb that is held close to the leaf axil.

Synonyms Dicrypta bicolor Paxt. 1868; *Dicrypta discolor Lodd. ex Lindl. 1839; Heterotaxis discolor (Lodd. ex Lindl.) Ojeda & Carnevali 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide to the 1st photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide to the 1st photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 395 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 851 Dodson 1983 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0352 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 099 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide to the 1st photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo ok; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo ok; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 as Heterotaxis discolor photo maybe; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 as Heterotaxis discolor photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Heterotaxis discolor