Trichopilia boliviensis Klikunas & Christenson 2004

Photo by Pupulin and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Drawing

Drawing by Vasquez and Dodson and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name The Bolivian Trichopilia

Flower Size 1.28 to 3.6" [3.2 to 9 cm]

Found in Cochabamba Bolivia as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with ellipsoid, strongly compressed, ancipitous pseduobulbs carrying a single, lanceolate, conduplicate below into the abruptly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a horizontal, arching-subpendent, to 4.7" [12 cm] long, racemose 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence with tubular, papery, acute, much shorter than the ovariy floral bracts.

Similar to T laxa but this one has larger flowers, falcate petals and lateral sepals, an unlobed lip that is not pandurate and a longer callus that extends to the lip base. This species and T fragrans share the trait of having lips that do not cover or obscure the top of the column.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum tropicarum Plate 388 Dodson 1989 as T fragrans not drawing fide; *Orchid Digest 68(1): 14. 2004 drawing

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