Maxillaria torifera (Schltr.) P.Ortiz 1991 sect. Aggregatae Pfitz 1889 TYPE Drawing of Ornithidium toriferum by Schlechter

Common Name The Bulge Carrying Maxillaria

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a woody, rigid, rhizome enveloped by tight, close sheaths and giving rise to a very short, densely many with striate nerved basal leafsheaths and carrying recurved-patent, narrowly linear, semi-cylindrical, fleshy, acute and slightly mucronulate leaves that blooms on 2 to 3, axillary, peduncle enveloped by sheaths, single flowered inflorescence with ovate-triangular, apiculate, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying smaller, fleshy, glabrous flowers.

Similar to M aggregatum but is easily separated by the narrow, thick leaves and the much more complicated labellum which bears a thick, sharply edged, slightly warty callus in the middle.

Synonyms *Ornithidium toriferum Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 179 Schlechter 1920 as Orniothidium toriferum; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih.57:244 Schlechter1929 as Ornithidium toriferum drawing fide; *Orquideologia Vol 18 #1 1991 as