Telipogon latifolius HBK 1815

Another Flower in situ in Cundinamarca Colombia 2800 meters, flowering in December

Plant in situ

Specimen Plants in situ Photos by Jay Pfahl

Through LATE

Common Name or Meaning The Broad-Leafed Telipogon

Flower Size 1 1/4"

Found in Venezuela, central Colombia and Ecuador in dense, damp, mossy, cold cloud forests on vines and small twigs but in locations that are sunny when there is some at elevations of 1800 to 2800 meters just to the north of Bogata' Cundinamarca and blooms in the summer through late fall in Colombia. The plant has a short stem that is branched basally and carries distichous, basally imbricating oblong-obovate, basally conduplicate leaves that blooms on a 2 to 3 flowered, fractiflex apically, inflorescence arising on a new growth that is three winged in cross-section and with conspicuous, lanceolate floral bracts. This species dies back after blooming and takes a rest until the next growth season, so do not throw out until you are certain that it is dead.

This one as well as most all the Telipogon are shaky determinations, I need better references so use with caution. If anything Tel bruchmuelleri [see references] is a correct determination, maybe the synonym is wrong.

Synonyms Telipogon bruchmuelleri Rchb. f. 1877

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 4 Schweinfurth 1961; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 as T bruchmeulleri drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 5 1970 as T bruchmeulleri drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as T bruchmuelleri drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 988 Dodson 1984 as Telipogon bruchmuelleri drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 993 Dodson 1984 not [Looks like T aureum, which may be the real T latifolius if so this name takes precedence and the photos for T aureum are this species and the photos here are T bruchmuelleri]; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 30 Schlechter/Brieger 1994; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as T bruchmeulleri drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 pg 436 photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004;

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