Trichosalpinx lilliputalis (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Xenia Luer 1997

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Hot LATERSpring Summer

Common Name The Small Trichosalpinx [refers to the flower size]

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas province of Ecuador in wet forests at elevations around 300 to 400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, microscopically ciliate along the brown ribs, lepanthiform sheaths with ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and early summer on a filiform, loose, secund to .6 to .88" [1.5 to 2.2 cm] long, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Characterized by the prolific habit with lepanthiform shaeths and with simultaneously multiflowered, secund racemes. The free, ovate sepals are about .06" [1.5 mm] long, the petals are elliptical and acute and the broad, trilobed lip bears a pair of basal calli. The column is short with a dorsal anther and an entire, ventral stigma." Luer 1997

Synonyms Lepanthopsis lilliputalis Luer & Hirtz 1994; Tubella lilliputalis (Luer & Hirtz) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Systematics of Lepanthes Subgenus Brachycladium and Pleurothallis Subgenus Aenigma, Subgenus Elongata and Subgenus Kranzlinella Luer 1994 as Leanthopsis lilliputalis Drawing fide; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide;