Telipogon putumayensis Dodson & R.Escobar 1993 Photo by Orchi

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Barbara Culbertson

Common Name The Putumayo Telipogon [A department in southern Colombia]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a short stem completely covered by distichous, imbricating leaf sheaths carrying narrowly obovate, acute apically, narrowing towards the base leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, peduncle to 1.6" [4 cm] long, flattened, to 2.4" [6 cm] long, successively 1 to 2, to 3 flowered inflorescence ovate, congested, convcave, shorter than the pedicel, boat-shaped floral bracts.

Distinctive characters: a caespitose plant, a winged inflorescence, petals with 7 veins, lip with 17 veins, all veins thin and all clear olive green in color, with no callus, a purple column with up to 8 long spines on each side and a few on the top of the anther. Also stated to be similar to T antioquensis.

CAUTION!! The photo above is highly suspect as it does not conform well with the type drawing and color description. The Type drawing is absolutely correct!


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 18 #3 Dodson & Escobar 1993 drawing fide;