Trichosalpinx ectopa Luer 1991 SUBGENUS Pseudolepanthes Luer 1986

Photo by © Rodrigo Escobar

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Full shade Cool Cold Spring

Common Name The Strange Trichosalpinx [refers to the unusual morphological features]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in montane forests at elevations around 1850 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, spiculate, loose, strict, to 2.4" [to 6 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with spiculate floral bracts.

"Similar to both T calceolaris and T pseudolepanthes but differs from both by the very small flower with spreading lateral sepals, thick petals with a basal tooth and a smaller lip. The callus of the lip is verrucose only on the anterior surface, the posterior surface is concave and smooth all the way to the base." Luer 1997

Synonyms Pseudolepanthes ectopa (Luer) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología Vol 18 #2 pg 167 1991 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Pseudolepanthes ectopa photo fide