Maxillaria squarrosa (Schltr.) Dodson 1994 sect. Aggregatae Pfitz 1889 TYPE Drawing by Schlechter


Common Name The Bulky Maxillaria

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador as a small sized epiphyte with scales every where disjointed, elongate, branched, rigid rhizome with 8" {20 cm} betwen each very short, ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped by oval sheaths and carrying 7 to 10, rigid, shiny, ligulate, subacute, acutely carinate beneath, apically crenulate-serrulate leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on usually 2 to 3, short, peduncle provided with a few bracts, single flowered inflorescence with deltoid, small, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying fleshy, glabrous, nodding flowers.

Similar to M aggregatum in habit but M squarrosa is much more robust, with more distant, longer stems, longer pedicilate, larger flowers and a conspicuously thicker, shorter column. From M jamesonii it can be distinguished by the labellum which does not have a crescent-shaped callus, as described by Rchb. f. for M jamesonii

Synonyms Laricorchis squarrosa (Schltr.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; *Ornithidium squarrosum Schltr. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8:100 Schlechter 1921 as Ornithidium squarrosum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih.57:384 Schlechter1929 as Ornithidium squarrosum drawing fide;