Trichosalpinx glabra D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1994 SUBGENUS Trichosalpinx

TYPE Drawing by © Alcantara, Bennett & Dodson

Common Name The Glabrous Trichosalpinx

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Junin department of Peru in damp forests of arroyos of the lower sierra at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by clasping, ciliate-lepanthiform bracts carring a single, apical, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, coriaceous, thickest in the middle leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on numerous, fasiculate, short, each successively 1 to 2, several flowered inflorescence carrying sub-ringent flowers with a transluscent greenish dorsal sepal with an intensly orange apex, the lateral sepals with the apical 1/3 transluscent orange basally dark lavender, the petals transluscent greenish, the lip dark lavender with yellow apex and the column is a pale lime green.

"Closely allied to T dependens but is best distinguished by the glabrous lip. It has a stout, slightly flexuous ramicaul with conspicuous, long-ciliate sheaths and an elliptical leaf. The flowers are produced successively in a fascile of short peduncles. The lateral sepals are connate into a shallow synsepal that forms a mentum with the column foot. The petals are ciliate-fimbriate, the lip is subpandurate with a broadly rounded apex narrowing in the basal third and with diverging basal lobules. The disc bears a low, longitudinal callus." Luer 1997

Synonyms Pendusalpinx glabra (D.E.Benn. & Christenson) Karremans & Mel.Fernández 2018

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 394 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing/photo fide;