Trichosalpinx chaetoglossa (Luer) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella

Photo by S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaira Website

TYPE Drawing as Pleurothallis chaetoglossa

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Long Haired Tongue Trichosalpinx

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in eastern Ecuador in very wet montane forests at elevations of 750 to 1200 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool, pendant growing epiphyte with descending to pendant, slender ramicauls that produce other ramicauls from the apex and enveloped by 2 to 4, minutely scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths with slightly dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a loose, .6" [1.5 cm] long, successively 2 to 3 flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Long leafy branches composed of superposed ramicauls trail among loose moss on trees. Most remarkable is the narrow, thickened anterior lobe of the three lobed lip that is desely long-pubescent." Luer 1997

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide;Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo ok