Telipogon mesotropicalis Nauray & A. Galán 2008

Photos by © Nauray and Mamani, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Full ShadeColdFall Spring

Common Name The Mesotropical Telipogon [refers to the zone in the eastern Andes where the orchid occurs]

Flower Size 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm]

Found in Peru in cloud forests at elevations of 2700 to 2900 meters as a small sized, caulescent, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with a leafy throughout stem carrying a few, ovate-lanceolate to oblanceolate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the fall through spring on a cylindric, flexuous, to 2" [5 cm] long, racmose, successively single, 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence with ovate-triangular, acuminate floral bract and carrying a single flower open at any one time.

"Telipogon mesotropicalis differs from T. boissierianus Rchb.f. in its larger leaves and flowers, ciliolate petal and lip margins, cordiform callus, and longer column bristles. Other related caulescent species are T. inmaculatus Christenson (Ecuador) and T. valenciae Dodson &R. Escobar (Colombia). The petals and lip in T. immaculatus are unmarked with colored veins or transverse lines, and their basal margins are overlapping. In contrast to Telipogon mesotropicalis, T.valenciae has shorter petals and lip with brown longitudinal veins and transverse lines, and both are glabrous; furthermore, its callus is trilobed and not cordiform." William Nauray Huari1 & Antonio Galán de Mera 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Anales Jard. Bot. Madrid 65: 88 Ten new species of Telipogon (Orchidaceae, Oncidiinae)from southern Peru William Nauray Huari1 & Antonio Galán de Mera 2008 photo/drawing fide; . Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo as T sp pg 353 fide