Maxillaria villosa (Barb. Rodr.) Cogn. 1904 sect. Iridifoliae Pfitz 1889

Flower and Plant Photos by Luiz Filipe Varella

Flower Closeup Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name or Meaning The Shaggy Maxillaria

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Brazil in rainforests at elevations of 130 to 1200 meters as a medium to large sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with numerous, clustered, ovoid-oblong, laterally compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, foliaceous, leaf sheaths and carrying a single, apical, oblong-ligulate, coriaceous, clear green leaf that is attenuate basally and canoe-shaped and blooms in the fall in Brazil on numerous to each basal sheath an erect, 1 3/5 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with sharp pointed, imbricate bracts.

Synonyms *Dicrypta villosa Barb. Rodr. 1877; Heterotaxis villosa (Barb.Rodr.) F.Barros 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok;