Trichosalpinx inaequisepala (C.Schweinf.) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

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

Full shade Cold WinterSpring Fall

Common Name The Unequal sepal Trichosalpinx

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Peru and Bolivia at elevations around 3000 to 3666 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, occasionally proliferating ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 5, closely adpressed, lepanthiform sheaths with ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coricaeous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter through late spring on a loose, .12 to .24" [3 to 6 mm] long including the .04 to .08" [1 to 2 mm] long peduncle, simultaneously 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Characterized by the short, few flowered raceme of tiny flowers with a proportionally large, deeply concave dorsal sepal with a short tail. The petals are oblique and acute and the lip is elliptical-ovate or rhomboid with a subacute apex." Luer 1997

Synonyms *Pleurothallis inaequisepala C.Schweinf. 1942; Tubella inaequisepala (C.Schweinf.) Archila 2000

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