Trichosalpinx hypocrita (Garay & Dunst.) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Xenia Luer 1997

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cold Spring Summer Fall

Common Name The Pretender Trichosalpinx [refers to its similarity to a Lepanthospsis]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in northwestern Venezuela and northeastern Colombia at elevations around 2700 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5,minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coricaeous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring summer and fall on a loose, lightly flexuous, 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul

"Very similar to and often confused as a Lepanthopsis but differs in its cylindrical column with the stigma united into a single lobe. The sepals are acuminate and recurved above the middle, the petals are obtuse and the tiny lip is thick with a pair of minute, conical calli on the disc above the middle." Luer 1997

Synonyms Karma hypocrita (Garay & Dunst.) Karremans 2023; *Pleurothallis hypocrita Garay & Dunst. 1976; Tubella hypocrita (Garay & Dunst.) Archila 2000

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

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