Trichosalpinx jimburae Luer & Hirtz 1997 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cold Fall

Common NameThe Jimbura Trichosalpinx [A town in southern Ecuador]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Ecuador in scrubby cloud forests at elevations around 3350 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, fascile of 3 to 5, loose, .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm] long, successively 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence arising from a node below the apex of the ramicaul.

"Vegetatively the plants are small, densely caespitose with elliptical-petiolate leaves. The short inflorescence, shorter than the leaves are produced in fasciles. The flowers are similar to those of T pusilla but the basal lobes of the lip are low and inconspicuous with vestigal calli at their forward angles with the middle lobe." Luer 1997

Synonyms Tubella jimburae (Luer & Hirtz) Archila 2000

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