Trisetella abbreviata Luer 1980 SECTION Trisetella SUBSECTION Calvicaulis Luer 1989

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Another Flower

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Shortened Trisetella [refers to the short leaves and floral segments]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Endemic to Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador in wet montane forests at elevations of 1200 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths carrying carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly linear, semiterete, acute, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, arising from low on the ramicaul, peduncle filiform, smooth to faintly scabrous, witha bract below the middle, successively single, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Notable for the very small, narrowly terete leaves, a twice taller, subscabrous peduncle, flowers with a short dorsal sepal with an erect, slightly thickened tail, a flat non-gibbous, non-venticose synsepal with short tails below the apex and minute petals and lip. These slight differences seem sufficient to maintain this species distinct from the variable and frequent Trisetella triglochin ." Luer 1989

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 47: 57 1980; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Luer 1989 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #3 2013 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;