Maxillaria pleiantha Schltr. 1920 TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Common Name The Rich Blooming Maxillaria

Flower Size .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia as a small sized epiphyte with a very short rhizome giving rise to oblong, obtuse, compressed pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, ligulate to oblong-ligulate, obtuse, narrowing below into the canaliculate, petiolate base leaf that blooms on a several, arising on a newly arising pseudobulb, erect, peduncle flexuous, provided with 6 to 8, clasping, shortly acuminate bracts, 2.8 to 3.6" [7 to 9 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with similar to the peduncular bracts, slightly longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous, fleshy flowers.

Similar to M melina but M pleiantha differs in the shape and structure of the lip


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 170 Schlechter 1920; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih.57:234 Schlechter1929 drawing fide;