Telipogon hemimelas Rchb.f. 1876

Photo by Francisco Tobar and his Ecuador Orchids Website

Medium Haired type

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

The Longest Haired type

Photo by the Orchidboard Website

Deep Shade Cold

Common Name The Half Black Telipogon

Flower Size 3/4" [1.8 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 3350 to 3500 meters as a cold growing epiphyte

I am fairly sure that this determination is correct but that there are 3 distinct types to the species, which may turn out to be three separate species, The first featured in the first photo has short hairs with apical fingers on the column. The second type is featured in the second photo above with medium length hairs with apical fingers. The third type is featured in the third photo above and has long hairs on the column with apical fingers.

Synonyms Telipogon gustavii Rchb.f. 1876

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 2 1979 photo not = T latifolius; Native Colombia Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide to the second photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 pg 436 photo fide to the first photo; Orquideologia Vol 27 #1 2010 photo Fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #12 2017 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide