Trichosalpinx amygdalodora (Kraenzl.) Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Tubella

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cold Winter Spring LATERSummer

Common Name The Almond Scented Trichosalpinx [refers to the flowers odor - apparently only from an herbarium specimen]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 2800 to 3400 meters as a small to giant sized, proliferating, cold growing terrestrial with an erect, stout to slender, prolific ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 5, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with some stout supporting ramicauls with to 15 lepanthiform sheaths with a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, oblong-elliptical, obtuse to rounded, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring, later summer on a loose, .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long including the .4 " [1 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicual.

"Large specimens of this species resemble dense, small-leaved shrubs. It grows terrestrially in cold forests at elevations around 3000 meters from southern Colombia to northern Peru. Although supporting ramicauls are long and stout, the majority of the proliferic, branching ramicauls are short and crowded. The inflorescence consists of an inconspicuous, few flowered raceme of small whitish flowers. The sepals ae long-acuminate and the lip is three lobes with a pair of calli at the front margin of the lateral lobes as seen in many allied species." Luer 1997

Synonyms Karma amygdalodora [Kraenzl.] Karremans 2023; *Pleurothallis amygdalodora Kraenzl. 1906; Pleurothallis pyxos Luer & R.Escobar 1981; Trichosalpinx pyxos (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 1983; Tubella amygdalodora (Kraenzl.) Archila 2000;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 14 #2 Luer & Escobar 1981 as Pleurothallis pyxos drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 as Karma amydalodora;