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Maxillaria variabilis

Max variabilis.jpg

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Maxillarieae
SubTribe: Maxillariinae
Genus: Maxillaria
Species: Max. variabilis
Binomial name
Maxillaria variabilis
Bateman ex Lindl. 1837

Maxillaria variabilis is a species in the Maxillaria genus.


Plant blooms any time of the year with a single 1.5 cm flower. Color varitions from yellow to red.


Plant is found in open and dense forest of Mexico Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 500 to 2500 meters


Plant can be grown in a fine bark medium, full sphagnum moss, or mounted on treefern or cork. Grow in cool to warm conditions with medium amounts of light. Water regularly and keep mix moist but not wet. Plant require semi-dry rest through the winter month.


Image Name Description
Maxillaria variabilis red.jpg Maxillaria variabilis variant Flower has red petals and sepals, and a red lip
Maxillaria variabilis.jpg Maxillaria variabilis variant Flower has yellow petals and sepals, and a yellow lip
Maxillaria variabilis 'Black Eyed Susan'.jpg Maxillaria variabilis 'Black Eyed Susan' Flower has black petals and sepals, and a black lip


Common Name: The Variable Maxillaria


  1. Maxillaria angustifolia Hooker 1841
  2. Maxillaria chiriquensis Schlechter 1922
  3. Maxillaria henchmanni Hooker 1837
  4. Maxillaria lyoni Lindley 1845
  5. Maxillaria panamensis Schltr. 1922; Maxillaria revoluta Kl. 1852