Chelonistele-maximae-reginae-Lindinhas-Whiskers--CHM-86-2021-06-16***Confirmed as Chelonistele maximae-reginae (Jun 2021); the cover photo of the issue of Blumea, where this is published, is an exact match for this plant; very good match to the description and photo in the IOSPE; three photos in are all almost exact replicas of this plant; the species shows very little variability in the flowers.***

Judging Center: Chicago

Award Number: 20212592

Award Date: June 12, 2021

Awarded As: Chelonistele maximae-reginae 'Lindinha's Whiskers' CHM 86

Unique plant we purchased for J&L orchids (as "Chelonistele species") in 2012 or so from our records and tag. Never bloomed until now but it enthralled us with it's beautiful emerging liver colored growths that turn into hard green succulent leaves. Awesome clustered, compact growth habit. Inflorescences are incredibly well presented as they emerge upwards and naturally cascade down with this first blooming holding up to 7 flowers.

Plant > Overall length of growth/cane: 14 cm

Plant Leaf > number of leaves per growth or cane: two leaves

Plant > Leaf Length: 16 cm

Plant > Leaf Width: 1.3 cm

Plant > Leaf Margin: 0.65 cm

Plant > Leaf Shape: narrow lanceloate acute tipped with

Plant > Leaf petiole length (apex of pseudobulb or stem to leaf base proper): about 6cm narrower rounded base to top of bulb

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Length: 3 cm

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Width: 1 cm

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Margin: ovoid (flatter on two sides)

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul distance between growths along rhizome:: 0.1 cm or less - very clumped

Plant >Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Root Tip Color: not visible

Inflorescence > Overall Length: 18.5 cm

Inflorescence > Arrangement: emerges from base bulb, upward to top of foliage, cascades back down

Inflorescence > Distance from base of inflorescence to first bud or branch: 9 cm

Inflorescence > distance between flowers along inflorescence: 1.5 cm, down to 1.2 cm

Inflorescence > distance from inflorescence to base of sepals: 2.5 cm

Inflorescence > distance from inflorescence to base of sepals: 2.5 cm

Inflorescence > Floral Bracts Length: 1.8 cm

Inflorescence > Floral Bracts Width: 1.5 mm

Inflorescence > Ovary Length: 1.4 cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Width: 2 mm

Inflorescence > Ovary Shape: conical, liver colored like bracts

Inflorescence > Ovary Color: liver peachish

Inflorescence > Ovary Texture: smooth

Flower Natural Spread Length: 2.5 cm

Flower Natural Spread Width: 2.1 cm

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Length: 0.8 cm

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Width: 0.6 cm

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Cauda Length: none

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Length: 1.1 cm

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Width: 0.6 cm

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Caudae Length: none

Flower > Petals Length: 0.9 cm

Flower > Petals Width: 0.4 cm

Flower > Petals Caudae Length: none

Flower > Lip or Pouch Length: 1.9 cm

Flower > Lip or Pouch Width: 0.9 cm

Flower > Lip or Pouch> characters of lip (calli, spurs, keels, etc.): see photo bifurcates at end, two side by side callus formations

Flower > Column Length: 4 mm

Flower > Column Width: 2 mm

Flower > Column Color: white, end yellow red tinges

Flower > Anther Cap Color: dark burgundy red


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