This mass of flowers is the leading bulb of Maxillaria ochroleuca.
As well as attractive and floriferous, the species is beautifully fragrant.
This rewarding little species is found across South America where it grows both in hot lowland forest and cooler montane forest up to 1800m. The plant shown here grows in our Cool Americas section where if produces strong plants with masses of flowers in the summer.
Maxillaria ochroleuca has flowers with long curling petals. The flowers are produced in profusion from last year’s pseudobulb each on individual stems.