Maxillaria microtricha Schltr. 1921TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Common Name The Tiny Hairs Maxillaria

Flower Size

Found in Chimborazo province of Ecuador at elevations above 2000 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with a very short rhizome giving rise to close set, quadrate-oval pseudobulb carrying a single, erect, ligulate, subacute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on 2 to 4, basal, arising on an newly forming pseudobulb, erect, peduncle flexuous, provided with 6 clasping, subacuminate bracts, to 8.8" {to 22 cm} long, including the flower, single flowered inflorescence with same as the peduncular, somewhat shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Unfortunately, there is no information about the color of the flowers so far. The species is apparently the closest to M colorata but the lip is different.

Similar species include M colorata, M nigrescens, M niessenae and M tonsbergii.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8:94 Schlechter 1921; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih.57:376 Schlechter1929 drawing fide;