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Bulbophyllum-contortisepalum-2023-12-17 *SITF confirms this plant is Bulbophyllum contortisepalum (Dec 2023).

This is a very distinctive species, no other species in the Bulbophyllum Section Hoplandra is similar. Photos of this plant clearly show the fringe on the basal margins of the lip and petal apices. Matches description and photos of B. contortisepalum in the "Orchids of New Guinea.com". Forty-six photos in the orchidroots.com also closely match. Images of the species show the color is quite variable.

Posted on Dec 17, 2023

petals clasp column, petal margins fimbriate

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Maxallaria-sanguinoleta-2023-12-17 *SITF has determined this plant to be Maxillaria meleagris, not Maxillaria sanguinolenta (Dec 2023). 

This plant is an excellent match to the photo of M. meleagris in the POWO. Maxillaria sanguinolenta produces intermediate growths that flower from the leaf axils in flushes of small flowers, different from this plant, which is a match for M. meleagris in Eric Christenson's unfinished Monograph on Maxillaria. Supporting photos of Maxillaria meleagris can also be found in orchidroots.com and the OW. There is an excellent photo of M. meleagris in the IOSPE.

Posted on Dec 17, 2023

The genus and species name is misspelled; it should be Maxillaria sanguinolenta, not Maxallaria sanguinoleta (SITF).

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Coelogyne-pangasinanensis-2023-12-17 *SITF confirms this plant is Coelogyne pangasinanensis (Jan 2024).

The species name is corrected to Coelogyne pangasinanensis to agree with Kew POWO. This plant is an excellent match to photos in OW, Orchidroots and the IOSPE, as well as the description in Vol. I of Valmayor's 1984 Orchidiana Philippiniana. The leaves are slightly longer, but all other aspects (pseudobulb size, etc) it is a good match. The plant is also an excellent match to Dendrochilum (Synonym) pangasinanensis in Cootes's (2011), "Philippine Native Orchid Species" including color and segment measurements.

Posted on Dec 17, 2023

Forms are attached above as PDF documents.Species name corrected to Coelogyne pangasinanensis per Kew POWO (SITF).  

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prosthechea-karwiaskii-2023-12-13

Posted on Dec 13, 2023

Paperwork has been included as PDF's in the attachments above. There was a delay in submission due to needing to go through additional bloom cycles and time needed to track down information.Species m...

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Trisetella-escobairii-2023-12-12 *SITF has determined this plant to be Trisetella pachycaudata, not Trisetella escobarii (Dec 2023).

The description of T. escobarii in Lindleyana 1: 188 (1986) does not match the laterally-held, nobby textured inflorescences of this plant; the inflorescences of T. escobarii are pendent and smooth. The form of the lateral caudae also does not agree with the description of T. escobarii. Alfonso Doucette, noted taxonomist, especially in the Pleurothallids, suggested this plant is the newly described Trisetella pachycaudata from Southeast Ecuador. Photos, an illustration, and the description of T. pachycaudata in the Lankesteriana "A New and Previously Misidentified Species of Trisetella from Southeast Ecuador" by Mogrovejo-Herrera and Baquero matches this plant and flower and compares T. pachycaudata to the similar T. strumosa. Our thanks to Dr. Doucette for his help in identifying this plant.

Posted on Dec 12, 2023

Documentation has been included in the attachments.Species is misspelled; should be Trisetella escobarii (SITF)

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Cymbidium-serratum-2023-12-09 *SITF confirms this plant is Cymbidium serratum (Dec 2023).

According to the "Flora of China", the leaf widths of this species and similar species C. goeringii overlap, however, the leaves of C. goeringii are articiculate and leaves of C. serratum are not. When looking at enlarged images of this plant, these leaves are not articulate. Based on the key characteristic of non-articulated leaves, the very thick flowers and the much longer inflorescences, this plant is Cymbidium serratum. Supporting photos can be found in the OW and orchidroots.co. Color appears variable.

Posted on Dec 9, 2023

Description and award form are included as PDF documents.

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Aerangis-calantha-M-&-B-CBR-2023-12-08

Posted on Dec 8, 2023

Fifteen white stellate, erect flowers on five inflorescences up to 5.1cm, arising below the leaves or in the leaf-axils; plant 10cm round clump, very short, woody stem carrying leaves 2–6, alternate, ...

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Brassia-andreettae-2023-12-05 *SITF has determined this plant to be Brassia mendozae, not Brassia andreettae (Jan 2024).

The dorsal sepal of this plant is narrow, linear and does not widen out like B. andreetae. The strongly incurved lip apex of this plant does not match that of B. andreettae. The overall form of this plant, measurements and lip color agree with the Baker and Baker description of B. mendozae in the OW. The fragrance was described as similar to vanilla pudding which agrees with the vanilla fragrance of B. mendozae. This plant was subsquently also identified as B. mendozae by Guido Braem, a noted Taxonomist. This plant closely matches Dodson's drawing of then Ada mendozae in the IOSPE.

Posted on Dec 5, 2023

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Stelis-patens-2023-12-03 *SITF confirms this plant is Stelis patens (Dec 2023).

This plant matches Luer's illustration in the IOSPE and the photo in the OW. Flower size agrees with the description in the IOSPE. Sepals appear glabrous and are purple, but do not appear translucent, as stated in the description. It matches the photos in the orchidroots.com. Flowers have a clam-shell like appearance with two roundish structures on either side of the lip as shown in Luer's drawing.

Posted on Dec 3, 2023

The plant was a gift from Ecuagenera in 2016 or so. When it was awarded the flowers were open but as it sat at a warmer temperature and lower humidity they closed shut. This is typical behavior for ...

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