Maxillaria maleolens Schltr. 1923 sect. Iridifoliae Pfitz 1889

Photo by Eerika Schulz and her Orchid Photo Website

Another Angle Photo by Piotr Markiewicz and his Flick Orchid Photo Website

FragrancePart shade Warm CoolWinterSpringSummerFall

Common Name The Foul Smelling Maxillaria

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet forests at elevations of 700 to 1150 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with ovate, smooth, laterally compressed pseudobulbs subtended by 2 or more, large, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, subcoriaceous, rather tough, oblong, obtuse to unequally bilobed, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a fascile of successively opening, single flowered inflorescence that are 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long and enveloped by somewhat flared, obtuse, apiculate bracts and carrying coconut to napthalene scented [can be good or foul smelling], leathery flowers

Synonyms Heterotaxis maleolens (Schltr.) Ojeda & Carnevali 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 as Heterotaxis maleolens photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 as Heterotaxis maleolens photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Heterotaxis maleolens