Trichosalpinx escobarii Luer 1991SUBGENUS XeniaPhoto by © Jorge Mario Munera

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Escobar's Trichosalpinx [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast Current]

Flower Size .2" [6mm]

Found in Cundinamarca Colombia at elevations around 2880 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a strict, loose, 3" [7.5 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorecence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul and has 3 to 5 flowers open at any one time.

There are lots of photos out there labeled as this species but not one comes even close to what Luer & Escobar described except for the photo in Native Colombian Orchids vol 4 1992 which is absolutely correct.

Synonyms Tubella escobarii (Luer) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Orquideología Vol 18 #2 168 1991 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Luer 1997 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42-43 pg 2624 - 2756 Brieger 2001