Maxillaria platyloba Schltr. 1921 sect. Erectae Pfitz 1889 TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Drawing Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay

Common Name The Broad Lobe Maxillaria

Flower Size

Found in northwestern Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 2200 to 2400 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, cauliform, thick, flexuous rhizome with 1.6 to 2.4"{ 4 to 6 cm} between each erect, oval to ovate, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped on both sides by foliaceous sheaths and carrying ligulate, mucronate, coriaceous, shiny above, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, peduncle provided with 4, clasping, acute bracts, single flowered inflorescence with half as long as the ovary floral bracts that otherwiser are the same as the peduncular bracts and carrying pale yellow, glabrous flowers.

Similar to M procurrens but M platyloba differs in the wide front flap of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 9:104 Schlechter 1921; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih.57:493 Schlechter 1929 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela; an Illustrated Field Guide Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide;