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Hidden orchid
Heterotaxis sessilis (as Heterotaxis crassifolia) - Bot. Reg. 12 pl. 1028 (1826).jpg
1826 illustration
Scientific classification
Kingdom:
(unranked):
(unranked):
Order:
Family:
Subfamily:
Tribe:
Maxillarieae
Subtribe:
Maxillariinae
Genus:
Heterotaxis
Species:
H. sessilis
Binomial name
Heterotaxis sessilis
(Sw.) F.Barros
Synonyms
  • Epidendrum sessile Sw.
  • Maxillaria sessilis (Sw.) Fawc. & Rendle 1910, illegitimate homonym, not Lindl. 1843
  • Heterotaxis crassifolia Lindl.
  • Dicrypta baueri Lindl.
  • Dicrypta crassifolia (Lindl.) Loudon
  • Maxillaria crassifolia (Lindl.) Rchb.f.
  • Maxillaria gatunensis Schltr.

Heterotaxis sessilis is an epiphytic orchid widespread across the West Indies (Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Trinidad), Central America (all 7 countries), southern Mexico (Chiapas, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo), Florida and northern South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, northern Brazil, Venezuela, the Guianas). Hidden orchid is a common name.

The species was long called by the synonym Maxillaria crassifolia but recent molecular studies have indicated that Maxillaria should be split into several genera.

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