!Trichosalpinx ciliaris (Lindl.) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Trichosalpinx Photos by Daniel Jimenez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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Common Name The Eyelash Trichosalpinx

Flower Size 1/8" [3mm]

Found from Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Trinidad as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose, warm to cool growing epiphyte, this one in Vera Cruz Mexico at elevations up to 1800 in coffee plantings and forests, epiphytic, high up on large Liquidambar trees with erect, slender, more or less flexuous at nodes along the ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 8 lepanthiform sheaths with ciliate ostia carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic , acute leaf that is cuneate below to the petiole and is suffused with purple and blooms on a apical, erect, short to 1" [to 2.5 cm], distichous, fasciculate, racemose, simultaneously opening, several flowered, inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul that is much shorter than the leaf and having a large triangular basal bract occuring in the spring through fall with flowers that have a moveable lip which will quiver in the slightest breeze and can have several [up to 12] successive inflorescence arising from the same leaf axil.

Synonyms Humboldtia lepanthiformis (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia ciliata (Knowles ex Westc.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia lepanthiformis (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis ciliaris (Lindl.) L.O. Williams 1942; Pleurothallis lepanthiformis Rchb. f. 1844; Pleurothallis purpusii Schltr. 1915; *Specklinia ciliaris Lindl. 1838;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as P lepanthiformis; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952 as Pleurothallis ciliaris ; AOS Bulletin Vol 289 No 8 1959 photo as Pleurothallis ciliaris; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960 as Pleurothallis ciliaris; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as Pleurothallis ciliaris drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969 as Pleurothallis ciliaris; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as Pleurothallis ciliaris drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Pleurothallis ciliaris drawing fide; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980 as Pleurothallis ciliaris; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1251 Dodson 1985 as Pleurothallis ciliaris drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Pleurothallis ciliaris drawing fide; Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae Vol 1 Luer 1986; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 as Pleurothallis ciliaris photo fide; Native Orchids of the Eastern Carribean Kenny 1988 as Pleurothallis ciliaris photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0391 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing not = T memor drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo not = T dependens; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide for the first photo only; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 43/3 2001 drawing fide; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing fide/photo good; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide

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