Maxillaria plicata Schltr. 1920 sect. Repentes Christenson 2013 TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Common Name The Folded Maxillaria

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia on the western cordillera on the eastern slope at elevations around 2500 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to close set, oblong, compressed pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, ligulate, obtuse, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, peduncle provided with 4, laxly clasping, acuminate bracts, 4 to 4.8" [10 to 12 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with slighly loner than the ovary floral bract that are otherwise the same as the peduncular bracts and carrying flowers with the 3 sepals white, the 2 petals are white with a wine red central stripe and the lip has a yellow spot.

A close relative of Maxillaria piresiana and M huebischii?, however, M plicata differs in the somewhat smaller flowers and the lip constricted in the middle on both sides by an opening fold


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 171 Schlechter 1920; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih.57:235 Schlechter1929 drawing fide;