Maxillaria poicilothece Schltr. 1921Drawing by Schlechter

Common Name The Colorful Maxillaria

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 400 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to erect to ascending, cylindrical pseudobulbs enveloped by pale, acute, non-foliaceous, pink to brown spotted, blunt sheaths and carrying a single, erect, lanceolate-ligulate, acute, canaliculate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 3, arising from the base of a newly arising pseudobulb, peduncle thin, flexuous, provided with 4 to 5, laxly clasping, acute, pale rose to brownish spotted bracts, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with similar to the peduncular, half as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying thin glabrous flowers.

Similar to the habit of M breviscapa but M poicilothece has longer, much more petiolate base leaves and completely different parts of the flower, the apparently rose-red or brownish-spotted sheaths of the pseudobulbs and the inflorecence of the flower are very characteristic


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8:96 Schlechter 1921; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih.57:378 Schlechter1929 drawing fide;