Creepy new orchid species discovered

A new species of the orchid genus Telipogon, T. diabolicus, has been described and illustrated and the information about its habitat provided. The novelty resembles T. tabanensis and T. guacamayensis and it is characterized by the translucent flowers, the glabrous, distinctly clawed petals, the transversely elliptic lip, and the gynostemium ornamented with long setose hairs on both sides and shorter hairs at the apex.

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In the most recent catalogue of Colombian plants (Bernal et al. 2015) almost 3600 orchid species representing nearly 250 genera are included. However, there is no doubt that hundreds of species occurring in this country remain undiscovered. Only in 2015 over 20 novelties were published based on material collected in Colombia.

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