Trichosalpinx fruticosa Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

Photo by Daniel Jimenez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade ColdSpring THROUGHFall

Common Name The Bushy Trichosalpinx [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica forests at elevations around 2100 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, branching epiphyte with slender, ascending, prolific, producing another at the apex of the ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 8, closely adpressed, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, ascending to erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through fall on a filiform, loose, 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long, simultaneously few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

Similar to T cedralensis but is distinguished by by the acute petals which separates it from all others in the subgenus .It also has a narrow lip with a distinctive, longitudinal carina down the center." Luer 1997

Synonyms Tubella fruticosa (Luer) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Lankesteriana 19(1). 31 - 55 2019 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Tubella fruticosa