Telipogon sayakoae D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1999 publ. 2000

Drawing by Pastorelli, Bennett & Dodson

Common Name Sayako's Telipogon

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Pasco department of Peru in wet cloud forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with 3 to 4, oblong-elliptic, acute, coriaceous, bright green, articulate to the imbricating, conduplicate sheaths base leaves that blooms in the fall on short, erect, pedunculcate, complanate, to 2" [5 cm] long, successivley 1 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute bracts and carrying flwoers with clear green sepals, yellowish green petals basally with burgundy colored hairs, the lip yellowish green with burgundy colored pubescence, the callus purple with short velvety pubescence between longer burgundy colored hairs, the column burgundy purple, the anther ocher and the pollina are bright yellow.

T sayokoi is distinguished from all others in Peru by having the basal 1/3 to1/2 of the petals and labellum pubescent. In Peru the most similar species is T gymnostele but it has 5 veined petals and a 7 veined narrower lip. In Colombia similar to T schmidtchenii but it has glabrous rhombic petals, a more pronouned, raised callus and darker reddish purple flowers. Also similar to the Colombian and Ecuadorian T walissii but it has fewer veins in the lip, hirsute petals and a cordate callus.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 786 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014