Telipogon mayoi Reina-Rodr. & C.Martel 2019

LCDP TYPE Photo by © Guillermo Reina-Rodriguez & Francisco López Machado

Part Shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name Mayo's Telipogon [Sr Mayo Rubiano, Colombian orchid researcher cuurent]

Flower Size .24 to .32" [6 to 8 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia in montane forests at elevations of 2000 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with 4, elliptical, smooth, acuminate, margin crenulate leaves that blooms in the later spring on an erect, 1 to 2 branched, 1.6 to 3.42" [4 to 8.3 cm] long, flattened, racemose, successively 1 to 2, approx 7 flowered inflorescence with light green, decurrent, triangular-ovate, slightly winged, apiculate as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying resupinate flowers.

"Plants of T. mayoi were first recorded some years ago as T. lankesteri by Pérez-Escobar et al. (2011), which came from a forest just 4.1 km far from the type locality. This misidentification is understandable since T. mayoi and T. lankesteri belong to the miniature Telipogon group and some individuals, recorded by Pérez-Escobar et al. (2011), did also lose the leaves during blooming, as T. lankesteri does. However, there are clear morphological differences between T. mayoi and T. lankesteri (see Zambrano Romero et al. 2018; Table 1), and not all the plants of T. mayoi lose leaves during blooming. Thus, T. mayoi possesses leaves with crenulated margins (instead of entire margins in T. lankesteri), an ovate oblong lip (instead of an oblong lanceolate lip in T. lankesteri), with ciliate margins in the lip (instead of entire margins in T. lankesteri), furcate setae on the column (instead of simple setae on the column in T. lankesteri). To the best of our knowledge, there is no real material of T. lankesteri recorded from Colombia, so it seems it does not occur there. Telipogon mayoi is similar to T. williamsii in the habit; however, T. mayoi is easily differentiated by the simple lip (instead of the bilobed lip in T. williamsii) with absence of a callus (instead of a distinctive callus in T. williamsii) and the densely furcate setae (instead of few, simple setae in T. williamsii). Plants of Telipogon mayoi slightly resembles those of T. sonia-juaniorum Zambrano, Bogarín & Solano from Ecuador, as both species have small plants and their flowers present 3 tufts of setae on the column. However, T. mayoi can be recognized by the ovate oblong lip (instead of the elliptic lip in T. sonia-juaniorum), the half of the flower diameter in T. sonia-juaniorum than T. mayoi and the furcate setae (instead of mainly simple setae in T. sonia-juaniorum)."

Synonyms Disticholiparis trachyglossa (Schltr.) Marg. & Szlach. 2004; Lankesteriana 19(3) 253 - 61 Naive & Ormerod 2019 as Stichorkis

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lankesteriana 19(3) 263 - 270 Reina-Rodriguez & C. Martel 2019 photo/drawing fide;