This is a small genus, but all the species are showy, and easy to cultivate. It does not require as much water as the Maxillarias. They all come from the highlands of Mexico and Central America. The flowers come up from the side of the bulbs, and are semi-pendulous, and on this account have to be potted high, so as to show the flowers to advantage.

Trichopilia Coccinea

Has flowers four inches diameter; sepals and petals creamy-white, with a reddish strip through the centre; lip shaped something like a gloxinia, is crimson, with a white margin. This is also called Trichopilia marginata. Flower in spring.

Trichopilia Suavis

Flower in winter. Sepals and petals white or rosy-white; lip white, spotted rose; has three flowers on a stem.

Trichopilia Tortilis

There are two varieties of this, one with short bulbs about an inch long and quite stout; the other has slender bulbs four or five inches long. The sepals and petals pale yellow, with reddish brown blotches, and they are twisted; lip white, spotted red. Mostly but one flower to a stem, but occasionally two.

Trichopilia Albida, Syn. Pilumna Fragrans

Has pure white flowers; lip white, with yellow blotch. Has three flowers on a stem, and is very fragrant. There are several other Trichopilias - crispa, picta and Turnerii, but I have not seen them in bloom.