Telipogon ionopogon Rchb.f. 1876

Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

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Photos by C Ron Griesbeck

Full ShadeWarmColdSummer

Common Name The Violet Colored Beard Telipogon

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found only in southern Ecuador at elevations around 1500 to 3000 meters on roadbanks and steep slopes as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with a short stem enveloped completely by leaf bearing sheaths and carrying a few elliptic, obtuse, basally clasping leaves and blooms in the summer on an erect, elongate, 4" [10 cm] long, terminal, terete, successively few flowered inflorescence.

Similar to T maldonadoensis but T ionopogon has a pink column that is swollene beneath, the very broadly ovate, concave lip, acuminate petals without spine like basal hairs and few to no reticulation between the veins.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 992 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 pg 436 photo close; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #10 2010 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #2 2015 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #12 2017 photo fide;