Trichosalpinx berlineri (Luer) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Trichosalpinx

Photo by © Lisa Thoerle

Another color form

Plant and flowers

Photo by © Byron Rinke

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage


Common Name Berliner's Trichosalpinx [American Original Collector of Species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations of 850 to 2500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with arcuate, descending, slender, slightly flexuous ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 14 leapanthiform sheaths and carries a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, pendant, narrowly elliptical, acute, leaf that is cuneate below into the petiole. This species blooms on a pendant, arising from near the apex of ramicaul, peduncle filiform, .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, loose, distichous, subflexuous, flexible, 2" to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long, simultaneously several flowered, racemose inflorescence.

This plant is variable in flower color.

"Arching, flexuous ramicauls with alternating, long and conspicuous,lepanthiform sheaths bear narrow leaves that hang downward. The loose simultaneously flowered inflorescence hangs limply beside the leaf, sometimes surpassing it in length. The floweres gape widely, usually with the thickened apices of the sepals recurved. The size of the yellowish flowers is variable. Plants from higher elevations sometimes produce flowers twice as large as those from lower altitudes. The sepals are glabrous and the proportinally small petals and lip are also glabrous." Luer 1997

Synonyms *Pleurothallis berlineri Luer 1976; Pendusalpinx berlineri (Luer) Karremans & Mel.Fernández 2018

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 3: 60 Luer 1976 as Pleurothallis berlineridrawing fide; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Pleurothallis berlinii drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo maybe; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo impossible; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide