Telipogon benedicti Rchb.f. 1876 Photo by Breiger

Drawing TYPE drawing by Schlechter

Shade Cold Spring Fall

Common Name Benedict's Telipogon [Benedict Roezl, German Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Peru and Bolivia in wet cloud forests at elevations around 2400 to 2610 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an elongate, trailing, branching from the lower nodes stem carrying ovate, basally clasping, acute leaves that blooms in the spring and fall on a slender, terminal, peduncle to 2.2" [5.5 cm] long, successively single, 4 to 5 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying dark yellow seplas with minute garnet specks and dots, petals that are ochre yellow with reddish brown veins, an ochre yellow lip with dark purplish red blotchs at the base and a dark reddish purple column

This species is characterized by the long trailing stem with small flowers that have elliptic, acute petals that are sub-equal tothe lip and the petals without any deeply pigmented transverse bars.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 781 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide;