Trichosalpinx crucilabia (Ames & Correll) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

Drawing by Standley and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade CoolCold Fall

Common Name The Cross-Shaped Lip Trichosalpinx

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Guatemala at elevations of 1800 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ascending to erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5, closely adpressed, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriceous, narrowly ovate, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a loose, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, nearly simultaneously few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Related to the widely distributed T cedralensis but differs in the non-proliferating ramicauls and petals rounded at the apex. The lips are very similar but the lateral lobes are distinctly callous in T crucilabia which was not mentioned in the type description. Similar to T multicaudata also with non-proliferating ramicauls but differs in the non-caudate sepals, petals rounded apically and the thickened lateral lobes of the lip." Luer 1997

Synonyms *Pleurothallis crucilabia Ames & Correll 1942; Tubella crucilabia (Ames & Correll) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952 as Pleurthallis crucilabia drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide;Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Tubella crucilabia