Trichosalpinx fissa Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade ColdLATER Summer

Common Name The Cleft Trichosalpinx [refers to the deep fissure above the base of the lip]

Flower Size .12 [3mm]

Found in Ecuador and Venezuela in scrubby dwarf forests at elevations around 2800 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2, microscopically ciliate-scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a filiform, erect, secund, subdense, to 2.8" [to 7 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Recognized by the shortly repent habit, narrowly elliptical leaves and a slender raceme of several, yellow, cleistogamus flowers. The most distinctive trait is the tri-lobed lip that is deeply cleft between thickened bases of the lateral lobes." Luer 1997

Synonyms Tubella fissa (Luer) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide;