Trichosalpinx lilliputalis (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Xenia Luer 1986

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 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.

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

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

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