Trichosalpinx chamaelepanthes (Rchb. f.) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

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Another Flower in situ Colombia

Plant and Flowers in situ, Vulcan de Purace Colombia 6/07

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Common Name or Meaning The Creeping Lepanthes-Like Trichosalpinx

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 750 to 3500 meters on scrubby vegatation in forests with erect, ascending or pendant ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 8, long ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and which develop new ramicauls from the apex of the last and carry a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, broadly elliptical to suborbicular, obtuse leaf that is contracted below into a petiole and blooms on a solitary or losse, 2 to 3 successive flowered, racemose, 1/4 to 3/5" [7 to 15 mm] long inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul. This species has variable color possibilities and although a shade of purple is the mmost common, pure yellow forms exist.

Synonyms Gravendeelia chamaelepanthes (Rchb.f.) Bogarín & Karremans 2018; Humboldtia chamaelepanthes (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia chamaelepanthes (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Lepanthes corazonis Schltr. 1915; *Pleurothallis chamaelepanthes Rchb. f. 1859; Pleurothallis microcharis Schltr. 1921; Pleurothallis microcharis var. minor Schltr. 1936; Trichosalpinx microcharis (Schltr.) Luer 1921; Tubella chamaelepanthes (Rchb.f.) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as Pleurothallis chamaelepanthes; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten III Ecuador Schlechter 1921 as Pleurothallis microcharis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide to the first photo only; Native Colombian ORchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #1 2016 photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Gravendeelia chamaelepanthes photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 as Gravendeelia chamaelepanthes photo fide