Telipogon tessellatus Lindl. 1844 SECTION Brevicaules SUBSECTION Alatiscapi Braas 1994

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, Plant grown by Anna Chai, shown at the 2 Apr 2002 meeting of the San Francisco Orchid Society


Common Name The Tessellated Telipogon

Flower Size 1 1/5" [3 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in upper montane cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte that takes a rest until the next growth season so do not throw away until you are sure that it is dead, with a short stem that branches basally enveloped completely by distichous, basally imbricating, elliptic-oblong, conduplicate below into the base leaves and blooms on a compressed, 1 1/2" [3.75 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a large acuminate sheath occuring in the spring through summer. This species is highly variable in flower shape and color, amount of veins and reticulation and if the color is bright or not, but the callus and the column do not vary between clones.

Synonyms Telipogon teuscheri Garay 1958

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as T obovatus; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten III Ecuador Schlechter 1921 as T pachyhybos; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 995 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0193 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 592 Dodson & Bennett 1989 as T obovatus drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 as T obovatus pg 437 photo not; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 pg 437 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004; The Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide;