Trichosalpinx dressleri Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Warm Cool LATEFallEARLYWinter

Common Name Dressler's Trichosalpinx [American Botanist in Costa Rica current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Panama in montane forests at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, closely adpressed, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, apiculate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a slender, loose, strict, secund, to 2.8" [to 7 cm] long, successively 1 often 2 at once, several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Closely related to T dirhamphis and the Brazilian T montana but is distinguished by the caespitose habit, narrowly elliptic leaves, and a much longer, successively flowered raceme. The flowers are comparitively large with caudate sepals, The laterals are connate to the base of the tails in T montana. The petals are obtuse. Most distinct is the oblong lip with a pair of erect, finger-like, basal lobes. The successively flowered inflorescence and the deeply connate lateral sepals seem to indicate a closer affinity to T montana." Luer 1997

Synonyms Tubella dressleri (Luer) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide;