Lepanthes-pictilis-2023-06-01 *SITF confirms this plant as Lepanthes pictilis (Jun 2023).

Confirmation based on the Luer and Hirtz drawing in the IOSPE and the description in Vol. 30(1) 2009 Selbyana, "Miscellaneous New Species in the Pleurothallidinae" by Luer. This matches the caespitose habit, the inflorescence originating from behind the leaf and the approximate size and color of the flower. There is a single vein that shows in each of the lateral sepals that match the drawing and the flower form is almost exact. A matching photo of L. pictilis by Garrit Verhellen may be found on the Orchid Forum.

Posted on Jun 1, 2023

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Phragmipedium-wallisii-2023-05-23 *SITF has determined this plant to be Phragmipedium humboldtii, not P. wallisii (May 2023).

Phragmipedium wallisii is now considered a synomym for P. warszewiczianum, however, this plant does not match the description of P. warszewiczianum; The flower color, plant habit, and staminode shape matches P. humboldtii, as seen in the IOSPE. The longer petal length also supports this as P. humboldtii. Lindleyana article (2011) by Dressler & Pupulin has photos for comparison and a key to P. humboldtii.  

Posted on May 23, 2023

judging team suspect plant is Phragmipedium humboldtii

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Myrmecophila-grandiflora-2023-05-22 *SITF confirms this plant as Myrmecophila grandiflora (Jun 2023).

The color of the flowers in the photos was not accurately captured; the color on the distal portions of the segments was described as being much more suffused with brown, instead of the bright red shown. There is photo by Grobler which shows this brownish coloration in the OW. M. grandiflora is a giant among the Genus; this is a large plant meeting the description of an enormous species; flower form appears correct, as does the yellow callus that runs the length of the midlobe. Flower size is also large at 7.2 cm. Many supporting photos can be found in the and the IOSPE and other on-line sources.

Posted on May 22, 2023

Myrmecophila grandiflora (Lindl.) Carnevali & J.L.Tapia & I.Ramírez First published in Harvard Pap. Bot. 6: 246 (2001) This species is accepted. First described as Schomburgkia tibicinis var. grandifl...

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Bulbophyllum-graveolens-2023-05-21 *SITF has confirmed this plant as Bulbophyllum graveolens (May 2023).

An award was given to B. graveolens with a spotted dorsal sepal by the AOC and several photos in show spotted dorsals with the name B. graveolens var. robustum, which is not recognized by Kew. Kew does recognize Cirrhopetulum robustum as a synonym for B. graveolens. The "Orchids of New Guinea" website also pictures examples of a spotted form where the spotting is carried out onto the lip.

Posted on May 21, 2023

Exhibitor noted the unique spotting on the sepals and petals that are not seen on previous awards.CHM 82Twenty-five flowers arranged on two strong, pseudo-umbellate 9.5-cm long inflorescences originat...

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Lepanthes-leporina-2023-05-19 *SITF Confirmed this plant as Lepanthes leporina May 2023).

The drawing and lineup of species in the L. guatemalensis group match this plant only to P. leporina. "Illustrations and Studies in Neotropical Orchidaceae. 6. The Lepanthes guatemalensis group in Costa Rica" by Bogarin and Pupulin show a photo of L. leporina that clearly matches this plant. The IOSPE photo also closely matches this plant.

Posted on May 19, 2023

One pleasing flowers, no buds on one 2.5 cm inflorescence; plant 1.5x2.2 cm presented on a 5.0x6.0 tree fern plaque; nine 0.3 x 1.1 leaves, lanceolate, entire; sepals translucent yellow, veined bright...

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Peristylus-parishii-2023-05-15 *SITF confirms this plant as Peristylus parishii (May 2023).

Confirmation based on the tri-lobed lip and horizontally held tubular-like petals; excellent match to the photo on the IOSPE, the photos in and to the illustration in Lucksom's 2007 " The Orchids of Sikkim and NE Himalaya". This plant matches the flower size and number of flowers per inflorescence for P. parishii.

Posted on May 15, 2023

Peristylus parishii Rchb.f. First published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 30: 139 (1874) This species is accepted by Kew on POWO The native range of this species is Indian Subcontinent to S. China and I...

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Barbosella-orbicularis-2023-05-11 *SITF confirms this plant is Barbosella orbicularis (May 2023).

The flower size is correct at .3 cm and the leaves are sub-orbicular, which matches the description for this species. The article, "New Species and Records of Orchidaceae from Costa Rica" in Lankesteriana by Bogarin, Karremans & Pupulin contain the description and drawing of B. orbicularis which matches this plant. The species is easily recognized by its creeping habit and rounded, smooth, overlapping leaves and tri-lobed lip; in the Award Description, the judges described the lip as having two structures, which they termed "incurved lobules", which could be interpreted as keels. Supporting matching photos may be found in the IOSPE, OW and

Posted on May 11, 2023

Plant acquired from Ecuagenera. Sorry about the very poor quality of the dissected photo. The very tiny, fragile flower just fell apart.

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Dracula-erythrochaete-Blanca-CHM/AOS-2023-05-06 *SITF confirms this that plant is Dracula erythrochaete (Aug 2023).

This plant almost exactly matches the specimen from Kew's herbarium shown in the POWO. The plant and flower matches Luer's description and drawing in his Dracula Icones including three keels on the lip lobe and denticulate margin and it also matches the photo in the IOSPE.

Posted on May 6, 2023

Three flowers and two buds on five horizontal to upright inflorescences to 23.5 cm emerging singly from the base of carinate, narrowly elliptical obovate entire leaves 2.0 cm wide by 23.0 cm tall on a...

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Ophrys-sphegodes-subsp-aesculapii-Yellow-Petticoats-CHM/AOS-2023-05-03 *SITF confirms this plant as Ophrys sphegodes subsp. aesculapii (May 2023).

Ophrys sphegodes and Ophrys aesculapii were considered separate species in the 2006 Pierre Delforge's "Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East". The photo of O. aesculapii is a close match to this plant; however, Kew now considers aesculapii a valid subsp. of O. sphegodes. The genetics in this group are unclear, but most taxons appear genetically to be subspecies. Flower size and available images of O. sphegodes subsp. aesculapii closely match this plant. The mask pattern on the lip appears somewhat variable.

Posted on May 3, 2023

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