Trichosalpinx lamellata Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cold Fall

Common NameThe Lamellate Trichosalpinx [refers to the lamellate disc of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Ecuador in scrubby cloud forests at elevations around 2250 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, gray-green with red midvein, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, loose, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, simultaneously 5 to 6 flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Similar to T intricata but is distinguished by the densely caespitose habit with ramicauls about as long as the small, narrowly elliptical leaves. The leaf is gray-green suffused with red along the midvein. The secund raceme is considerably longer than the leaves. The three lobed lip is similar to its relatives except that it lacks mammillate calli at the front angle of the lateral lobes and possesses instead, a tall, midline lamella on the basal half. The lip is similar to that of T tenuis except that the tall callus of the latter is much lower and grooved or cleft." Luer 1997

Synonyms Tubella lamellata (Luer) Archila 2000

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