Telipogon maldonadoensis Dodson & R.Escobar 1998 Photo by Fransisco Tobar and his Ecuador Orchids Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Calaway Dodson


Common Name The Maldonado Telipogon [A community in Carchi Province of Ecuador]

Flower Size .75" [1.75 cm]

Found in Carchi Ecuador at elevations around 2200 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, subcaulescent epiphyte with a branching near the apex, sometimes near the base stems, enveloped baslaly by distichous, imbricating leaf-sheaths carrying coriaceous, narrowly obovate, acute, not articulated leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal to lateral, to 4" [10 cm] long, peduncle to 2.4" [6 cm] long, provided with 2 internodes, terete, unbrached, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with ovate-triangular, floral bracts.

Similar to T ionopogon but T maldonadoensis differs in the red column not swollen beneath, the triangular shape of the reatively flat lip, the ovate-elliptic petals with spine-like basal hairs and the strong reticulation between the veins

CAUTION This flower seems to be quite close to the flower T penningtonii which Dodson lists in Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 in 2004 but is nothing like what I have listed for T penningtonii

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol. 21 No 1 Dodson 1998 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001 as T macdonaldoensis [sic]; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 pg 437 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004;