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Maxillaria-bicentenaria-2023-12-31 *SITF confirms that this plant is Maxillaria bicentenaria (Jan 2024).

This plant matches the description and photos of M. bicentenaria species in the Novataxa paper: "Species New to Science" novataxa.blogspot.com/2021/09/maxillaria-bicentenaria.html. The species is similar to M. pyhalae, but differs in the shape of the lip, callus and a keel-shaped ridge towards the top of the anther. There is an excellent article in Researchgate, "An Homage to Peru's Bicentenary Maxillaria bicentenaria orchidaceae, A New Species previously misidentified as M. pyhalae". This article has excellent photos, drawings and descriptions comparing and contrasting the two species.

Posted on Dec 31, 2023

Daniel Piedrahita, Country of origin Peru, previous identification provided by Kew Gardens. Pending SITF identification 66cm total length, upright climbing rhizome, one inflorescence per bulb, flower ...

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Maxillaria-crispiloba-2023-12-31 *SITF confirms that this plant is Maxillaria crispiloba (Jan 2024).

The species is recognized by Kew POWO with a front and side view of the flower which matches this plant; this species is very distinctive in form, color and crisping in the lip and does not match other species in its group. The name refers to the conspicuous crisping of the lip midlobe. The extent of crisping of the species is extremely variable. There is an excellent match of this flower to the photo in the IOSPE.

Posted on Dec 31, 2023

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Masdevallia-rimarima-alba-2023-12-31 *SITF confirms that this plant is Masdevallia rimarima-alba (Feb 2024).

This plant matches the type drawing shown in the IOSPE. The plant dimensions and leaf shape fit as does the size and general shape of the flower. The petals in the dissected flower also fit the shape shown in the drawing. M. hortilankesteriana is similar to this species, but differs by a more compact, vegetative habit, a more campanulate flower with longer and thicker sepaline tails and a narrower lip. This color form is less frequently seen than the typical cultivated form that has brighter striping and darker sepaline tails.

Posted on Dec 31, 2023

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Serapias-vomeracea-2023-12-26 *SITF confirms that this plant is Serapias vomeracea (Feb 2024).

S. lingua and S. vomeracea are very similar, the major difference is that S. vomeracea has two keels that are parallel down the midlobe of the lip to the apex. In S. lingua there is only one. Images of this plant appear to show a keel on either side of the midvein. Photos of S. vomeracea in orchidroots.com are a close match to this plant. The long, hairy lip is the distinquishing feature of S. vomeracea, the Long-Lipped tongue orchid. There is some variability in the colors of the flowers.

Posted on Dec 26, 2023

I have included the documentation as PDF documents in the images above.

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Satyrium-coriifolium-2023-12-26 *SITF has determined this plant to be Satyrium erectum, not Satyrium coriifolium (Jan 2024).

Satyrium coriifolium is a much larger plant with orange to red-orange flowers. The flower color and size of this plant agrees better with Satyrium erectum, which is blooming without the paired, basal leaves. This may be due to senescence or aging of the leaves. There are supporting images of S. erectum and contrasting images of S. coriifolium in the OW and orchidroots.com.

Posted on Dec 26, 2023

I have included PDF versions of the paperwork with the images. I think that this might be Satyrium erectum based upon my independent research.Species misspelled; should be Satyrium coriifolium (SITF)...

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Orchis-Italica-2023-12-26

Posted on Dec 26, 2023

Forms have been included as PDF Files with the images. Due to submission issues for an award granted in 2022, this is being included as well to provide additional information. This is a different cl...

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Orchis-italica-2023-12-26 *SITF confirms that this plant is Orchis italica (Jan 2024).

There is a photo of the species which closely matches this plant. It also matches the photos in the IOSPE and orchidroots, especially the very distinctive lip; the color is a lighter form compared to other cultivars. A description of O. italica by Baker and Baker can be found in the OW. Orchidroots.com contains 19 photos of O. italica showing variability in form and color; however, these may not all be correctly identified.

Posted on Dec 26, 2023

The paperwork has been included with the images as PDF Files.

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Epidendrum-villenae-2023-12-18 *SITF has determined this plant to be Epidendrum prostratum (Lindl.) Cogn., not Epi. villenae (Feb 2024).

This plant matches Eric Hagstater's description and photo of Epi. prostratum in Icones Orchidacearum Fascicle 18(1), plate 1833. The leaves on the Epi. villenae plant photo and Hagstater's description do not look like this plant. Epi. villenae has violet flowers with much longer single-lobed, white lips. Also, Hagstater's drawing of Epi. villenae shows patches of pointed papillae on either side of the lip crest that are not seen in this flower.

Posted on Dec 18, 2023

Forms have been attached as PDF forms along with the images

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