Trichosalpinx dependens [Luer]Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Trichosalpinx Photo by © Carl Luer and the The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany renz herbaria Website


Plant and Flowers Photo by © Milan Vagner


Front View of Flower Photos by Linda & Mikael Karlbom

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Common Name The Pendant Growing Trichosalpinx

Flower Size 1/16" [3 mm]

Found in French Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador Peru and Bolivia as a small to medium sized, pendant, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte from cool, wet montane forests and warmer piedmont forests at elevations of 500 to 3000 meters with fractiflex ramicauls, with an annulus and a tubular, scarious, lepanthiform sheath held at each internode, that are longer than the, single, apical, narrowly lanceolate, acute, coriaceous, gradually narrowing below into the base, dull green leaf that has a short, apical, filiforme, 3/4 to 1 1/4" [2 to 3 cm] long, racemose inflorescence that is held at the base of the leaf with a few simultaneously opening flowers that occurs in the summer and winter.

This orchid has both toilet bowl shaped and gaping flowers and is highly variable through its distribution

Synonyms *Pleurothallis dependens Luer 1976; Pleurothallis flexibilis Luer & R. Vásquez 1981; Trichosalpinx flexibilis (Luer & R. Vásquez) Luer 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 as T ciliaris photo = t dependens fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 392 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo seems not; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide