Telipogon gracilipes Schltr. 1923

Lip Detail with bald column Photos by Rodrigo Escobar and The Epidendra Website

Part shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Graceful Column Foot Telipogon

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1825 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, terete stem enveloped by imbricate leaf sheaths carrying erect-patent, oblong, apiculate, narrowing below into the narrowly conduplicate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a subterminal, erect, naked, 2.4" [6 cm] long, laxly 4 to 6 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute floral bracts.

There are 2 types of this species one with spines around the column and the other that is bald.

Synonyms Telipogon horichianus Braas 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 263-264. 1923; Orquideologia Vol 17 #2 1987 photo/drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;