Salpistele adrianae Luer & Sijm 2009

SUBGENUS Salpistele Photo by Bogarin and The Epidendra Website

Full ShadeWarm Cool Fall

Common Name or Meaning Adriana's Salpistele [Mrs Sijm Orchid Enthusiast and Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Panama at elevations around 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 ribbed, tubular sheaths and carrying a sinlge, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a flexible, subflexuous, 4" [10 cm] long, distantly, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from high on the ramicaul with an acute, oblique floral bract.

This species is very similar to Salpistele brunnea but differs in the much larger plant and superficially similar flowers that differ in the petals are 1 mm wide and have three veins and in S brunnea they are .5 mm wide and have a single vein. In this species the mid-lobe of the lip is triangular and in S brunnea it is narrow and abruptly curved. Also the broad flat column is distinctive.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Selbyana 30(1): 18, f. 34. 2009

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