Trichopilia mesoperuviensis Klikunas & Christenson 2004

Flower Closeup

Photos by Dale Borders

Common Name The Central Peruvian Trichopilia

Flower Size 2.8" [7 cm]

Found in Huanaco and Junin departments of Peru at elevations around 1600 to 1850 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte or terrestrial with ovoid, strongly compressed, ancipitous pseudobulbs subtended by imbricate, papery bracts and carrying a single, apical, elliptic-lanceolate, abruptly conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, to 7.8" [20 cm] long, to 3 flowered inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb and an ovate, acute, much shorter than the pedicel floral bract

This species and T boliviensis are similar but this one differs in its smaller flowers, sepals and petals without undulate margins and straight rather sickle-shaped petals and lateral sepals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 198 Dodson & Bennett 1989 as T fragrans not = T mesoperuviensis drawing fide; *Orchid Digest 68(1): 15. 2004.