Telipogon austroperuvianus Nauray & A. Galán 2008

Photos by © Nauray, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Full ShadeColdSummerTHROUGH winter

Common Name The Southern Peruvian Telipogon

Flower Size 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm]

Found in the Valles de Lares in the eastern side of the department of Cuzco Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 to 3400 meters as a miniature to just small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with a stem carrying a few oblanceolate, acuminate leaves with crenulate margins that blooms in the summer through winter on a 4.8" " [12 cm] long, alatae, flexuose racemose, successively 2 to 3, to 9 flowered inflorescence with an ovate-triangular, acuminate floral bracts.

"Telipogon austroperuvianus is distinguished by the petals which are broadly rhombic, 9-nerved, and the lip transversely obovate, and 13-nerved. It is similar to some species from northern South America, such as T. semipictus from Colombia and T. andicola Rchb. f. from Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. The specimens cited above have been misidentified as T. semipictus,but examination of the holotype (W!) shows it to be a distinct species from which this new species differs in its larger flowers, fewer nerves on the petals and lip, and the lip with longer and thicker red purplish veins. From T. andicola it differs in its larger flowers, more nerves on the petals and the lip, and the colored veins of the petals that do not reach the distal half. Telipogon austroperuvianus is also related to the Ecuadorian T. lehmannii Schltr., but it differs in the size of the flowers and the characters from the petals, and the lip. According to Schlechter(1920) T. lehmannii has petals 1.7 × 1.4 cm, 11-nerved, and the lip 1.65 × 1.8 cm, 19-nerved." William Nauray Huari1 & Antonio Galán de Mera 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Anales Jard. Bot. Madrid 65: 74 Ten new species of Telipogon (Orchidaceae, Oncidiinae)from southern Peru William Nauray Huari1 & Antonio Galán de Mera 2008 photo/drawing fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide as T sp pg 353