Trichosalpinx escobarii Luer 1991 SUBGENUS Xenia Luer 1997

Photo 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 department of 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 as it is the type photo.

"Distinct from others in the subgenus by the membraneous sepals and petals, broadly obtuse petals and a fleshy tri-lobed lip. The anterior lobe is fringed and cleft between calli from the lateral lobes. The lateral lobes are acute, antrorse and basally thick and broadly sulcate between." Luer 1997

Synonyms Karma escobarii (Luer) Karremans 2023 ; Tubella escobarii (Luer) Archila 2000

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

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 as Karma escobari