Trichopilia punicea Dressler & Pupulin 2006

Internal View Flower and column


Photos by Diego Bogarin and The Epidendra Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by F Pupulin and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Crimson Trichopilia

Flower Size 5.6" [14 cm]

Found in San Jose Province of Costa Rica at elevations around 1000 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with elongate linear, ancipitous, tapering slightly pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic, acute to acuminate, narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolarte base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a lateral, pendent to subpendent, to 1.2" [3 cm] long, almost always single flowered inflorescence with an adpressed to the pedicel floral bract

Similar to T marginata but differs in the elongate, narrow pseudodbulbs, larger flowers, darker reddish brown sepals and petals, a shorter tubular base of the lip, lip much wider across the lateral lobes than across the midlobe and a slightly twisted, column apex.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchids, Mag. Amer. Orchid Soc. 75(3): 217, f. 6, 7C. Dressler & Pupulin drawing /photo 2006 fide ;