Trichosalpinx cedralensis (Ames) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella

Photo by Daniel Jimenez


Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade CoolCold LATESpring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Cedral Trichosalpinx [A town in Costa Rica]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations of 1000 to 2200 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ascending, slender ramicauls that produce another ramicaul from the apex and enveloped basally by 2 to 6, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, contracted below into a petiolte base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a loose, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, flexuous, subsecund, simultaneously several flowering inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"The racemes of yellow flowers are twice to thrice as long as the leaves. The sepals and petals are acute. The lip is obtusely lobed up to the middle and there is no callus at the anterior base of the lobes that distinguishes T intricata and its relatives. The anterior lobe of the lip is oblong and obtuse. Also similar to T acremona but the later is distinguished by the narrower leaves, more acuminate sepals, tall antororse, labellar lobes with irregular, anterior margins and descendsing wings at the apex of the column. The flowers of T cedralensis are similar to T multicuspidata but the later is distinguished by the caespitose habit with taller, non-prliferating ramicauls and longer racemes." Luer 1997

Synonyms *Pleurothallis cedralensis Amesn 1923; Pleurothallis myrtillus Schltr. 1923; Tubella cedralensis (Ames) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 25 Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as P myrtillus; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 108 Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as P myrtillus; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 191 Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as P myrtillus; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as Pleurothallis cedralensis drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as Pleurothallis cedralensis drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Pleurothallis cedralensis drawing fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Pleurothallis cedralensis drawing/photo ok ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1250 Hamer 1985 as Pleurothallis cedralensis drawing ok need better photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0390 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing ok need better photo; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing good; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Tubella cedralensis