This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This was formerly quite a large genus, but Lycaste, Promennoea, Paphinia, Bifie-naria, and several others have been taken from it, and shorn it of some of its best species. It has, however, a few good species left. All the Maxillaria that I have seen, have bulbs about 1½ inches long, flattish, with one smooth leaf on the bulb.
Grows about one foot high; the flowers are pure white in the sepals and petals; lip, purple and yellow.
Has also a white flower; lip, white with lemon yellow and red, sometimes nearly all yellow. Both Maxillaria grandiflora and Maxillaria venusta bloom in early spring, and are desirable.
Has small flowers, yellowish white, spotted chocolate.