Think small for these Maxillaria uncata flowers, which are only 1/2 inch (1.2 cm) long. With reddish-purple stripes, yellow petals, and a white flower lip, these little tropical beauties appear translucent.
This Maxillaria species is widespread from Mexico south to Brazil and Peru, where it survives in a wide variety of conditions. It’s a tough little orchid that produces flowers for months at a time when given warm, moist conditions.
Maxillaria is pronounced “Max ill air ee ah,” sounds like “Max’ll carry ya” without the “c.”
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