Trichosalpinx dunstervillei Luer 1997SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cold EARLIERWinter

Common Name Dunsterville's Trichosalpinx [American Orchid Enthusiast in Venezuela 1900's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Trujillo state of Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations around 2350 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a prolific, branching , erect to suberect plant with ascending, slender, producing another from the apex of the last ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 4, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriceous, semi-terete, narrowly elliptical, acute, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the earlier winter on a filiform, loose, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, simultaneously few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Similar to the Colombian T vagans but differs in the larger flowers, an acute mentum and a larger arcuate lip. The lateral lobes are above the base with the sides of the lip deflexed from them. Instead of a tall, central carina, the midvein is thickened into a low carina between the pair of tall, parallel carinae." Luer 1997

Synonyms Pleurothallis amygdalina Rolfe ex Schltr. 1916; Tubella dunstervillei (Luer) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide;Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide