Trichosalpinx echinata Luer & Hirtz 2009 SUBGENUS Trichosalpinx

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Herbaria Website

Full shadeCool Spring

Common Name The Bristly Trichosalpinx [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations of 1200 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with more or less ascending to descending, slender, more or less flexuous ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 12 lepanthiform sheaths with long, oblique, dilated, ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, suberect to pendent, coricaeous, elliptical to narrolwy elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a pendent, loose, distichous, filiform, .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"This species, apparently confined to the Cordillera del Condor of lowland, southeastern Ecuador, is similar to the widely distributed Trichosalpinx berlineri (Luer) Luer. The flowers are equally large, but the narrowly oblong, dorsal sepal is proportionately large, elongated, and 5-veined. The petals are narrowly triangular and acute. The basally bilobulated lip is similar, but the forward half is densely echinate. An unusually elongated dorsal sepal is sometimes seen in species of other pleurothallid genera, such as Pleurothallis gracilisepala and Scaphosepalum clavellalum." Luer 2009

Synonyms Pendusalpinx echinata (Luer & Hirtz) Karremans & Mel.Fernández 2018

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 30: 24 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide