Telipogon venustus Schltr. 1920 Photo courtesy of Oliver Lenhard and his Orchideen Website

Plant and Flower Photo by Luis Eduardo Alvarez

Common Name or Meaning The Charming Telipogon

Flower Size 5/8" [1.4 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in upper, wet, montane cloud forests on scrubby trees at elevations of 2000 to 3300 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte that dies back after blooming and takes a rest until the next growth season so do not throw out until you are sure that it is dead, with a creeping, elongate, flattened stem enveloped completely by distant persistant leaf bases carrying small, ovate, apically acute, conduplicate below leaves and blooms on a one to a few terminal, oval in cross-section, to 16" [40 cm] long inflorescence with ovate, spreading bracts and occuring at most any time of the year..

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 996 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #1 2002 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 pg 437 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo as Tel sp pg 351 fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #12 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 1 2019 photo fide;