Maxillaria ophiodens J.T.Atwood 1984 Drawing by Vasquez & Dodson

Part Shade Cool LATE Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name The Snake Tooth Maxillaria [refers to the elongate arms of the rostellum that resemble fangs]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia in wet montane forests on mossy tree limbs at elevations around 1880 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a repent, elongate rhizome enveloped by maroon sheaths and .8" [2 cm] between each, lightly sulcate ovoid-oblong pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, carinate, apically bilobed, linear, cuneate below into the shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on generally one, basal, suberect, totally enveloped by tubular bracts, shorter than the leaves, to 1.75" [3.8 cm] long single flowered inflorescence carrying yellow flowers with a dark purple in the midsection lip with an apical white sticky area.

Synonyms Rhetinantha ophiodens (J.T.Atwood) M.A.Blanco 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 258 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; drawing fide; Maxillaria An Unfinished Monograph Vol 2 Christenson 2013;