Trichosalpinx carinilabia (Luer) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella

TYPE Drawing of Pleurothallis carinilabia by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shadeCool Cold LATERSpring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Carinate Lipped Trichosalpinx

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 1400 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, prolific, usually 2 to 3 superposed ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 4, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thickly coriaceous, erect, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, apiculate, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring and early summer on a filiform, loose, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Distinguished by the occasionally prolific ramicauls that bear successive, white flowers surpasses the leaf by 2 to 3 times. The sepals are carinate, the petals are obtuse, the oblong lip bears three calli, a pair above the middle and a third in the center and the apex is abruptly very thick and convex and sharply concave below between the lateral calli. The column lacks the broad apical wings seen in T dura." Luer 1997

Synonyms *Pleurothallis carinilabia Luer 1977; Tubella carinilabia (Luer) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003