Maxillaria crassifolia

(Lindley) Reichenbach f.

Bonplandia (Hanover) 2: 16. 1854.

Basionym: Heterotaxis crassifolia Lindley Bot. Reg. 12: plate 1028. 1826
Synonyms: Dicrypta baueri Lindley Dicrypta crassifolia (Lindley) Lindley ex Loudon Epidendrum sessile Swartz Maxillaria sessilis (Swartz) Fawcett & Rendle
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 645. Mentioned on page 644.

Plants epiphytic, cespitose, to 20 cm. Stems without pseudobulbs, or apparently so. Leaves 4–5 per shoot; blade linear-elliptic, 7–27 × 1.3–3 cm, leathery, apex unequally 2-lobed. Inflorescences several per leaf axil, successively borne and barely emerging, apparently supported on short, lateral rhizomes. Flowers yellow; sepals elliptic to ovate, 13–15 × 4–6 mm, apex acute, thickened; petals oblanceolate, 11–14 × 3–4 mm, apex acute; lip articulate with column foot, rhombic, 12–15 × 5–6 mm, lateral lobes inflexed toward column, constricted distal to middle; callus sticky, linear; column arching, cylindric, 9–10 mm, foot 1–2 mm. Capsules 2.5–3 cm.

Phenology: Flowering throughout year (fall–winter, Fla).
Habitat: Epiphytic
Elevation: 0–10[–1300] m


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Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America.


Maxillaria crassifolia is self-pollinating in Florida. It occurs much more commonly in the rest of its range.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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John T. Atwood +
(Lindley) Reichenbach f. +
Heterotaxis crassifolia +
Fla. +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +  and South America. +
0–10[–1300] m +
Epiphytic +
Flowering throughout year (fall–winter, Fla). +
Bonplandia (Hanover) +
Dicrypta baueri +, Dicrypta crassifolia +, Epidendrum sessile +  and Maxillaria sessilis +
Maxillaria crassifolia +
Maxillaria +
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