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Two Colombian Telipogon species

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Chuck-NH, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hello,

    I was in Colombia last week and had the opportunity to meet up with Dex356 for two days together with GaryYG for one day to explore for orchids.

    I believe we found 4 species of Telipogon, but only two with blooms open enough to get good photos.

    The first species was in the Paramos transition zone at about 3100 meters and not growing too far from the Lepanthes tibouchinicola that Dexter posted. It was no more than a meter off the ground in what appeared to be a blueberry bush (Vaccinium). This area is supposed to get cloud cover at night even in this dry is hot season...but certainly by late morning, all the twig epiphytes were quite dry. Our Pleurothallid specialist guide was not sure of the ID and I have not been able to ID since I’ve been home.

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    Second individual, first species
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    An interesting endemic found on the same blueberry bush, Pterostemma antioquiensis...wasnt quite open ☹️.

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    Second Telipogon species found by luck! Another valley, different day at about 2800 meters in a forest full of Pleurothallids. I was a little ahead of the others on a trail when a 2 meter long tree branch broke off in the wind, just missed my head and landed at my feet (wouldn’t have hurt ) and on it was this Telipogon. I picked it up and started yelling that I found something nice. As Luis (our guide) ran around the corner with his machete drawn (thinking something happened), I realized I looked like a thief caught in the act waving the branch. When we all got together Luis spotted where the branch had broken off about 15 feet up...so definitely I was not guilty. After everyone had great opportunity to photograph the plant in any manner they wanted, Luis climbed the tree and tied the branch to a similar diameter branch. While up there he saw several other Telipogon plants all in that limited area at that bend in the trail...saw no others on that day.

    And we still haven’t Identified this one either...flowers were actually quite small. Maybe one of the others measured it?

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  2. DarleneJay

    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like an amazing trip and experience! Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Darlene, I’ve wanted to do that for over 30 years and it exceeded all expectations. I found that I could spot orchids quite easily and after a while, also know where to look. I understood going in that there would be a lot of plants not in bloom, so would have to be satisfied with just being able to figure out the Genus. But, what I wasn’t prepared for was not being able to identify the species of probably 50% or more of plants that were in bloom. Masdevallia species were easy, but many others, even with texts and the internet, are still difficult.
     
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  4. DarleneJay

    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you have a good eye for spotting. I would imagine seeing orchids in and out of bloom in situ is energizing. You seem to have seen a pretty healthy mix of both. If I ever get the opportunity I would have to study up on my Masdevallia. I don't know that genus well at all.