Trichosalpinx memor (Rchb. f.) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Trichosalpinx

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Another Flower

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Drawing by © Carl Luer


Common Name The Mindful Trichosalpinx [Refers to the similarities to T. ciliaris]

Flower Size 1/32" [2 mm]

Found from Cuba, the Windward Islands, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Guyana, Surinam, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia in wet montane forests at elevations of 800 to 2150 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with a dark reddish brown, slender to stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by pubescent, lepanthiform sheaths with a single, apical, ellptic, minutely bidentate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base, opaque reddish green leaf that blooms in the fall through spring on a dense, short, distichous, simultaneous few to several flowered inflorescence that is minutely pubescent and arises through a sheath at the leaf base with the flowers held close to the leaf base.

"Although the flowers vary little morphologically except for size, the taxon is especially variable vegetatively. The synonym Trichosalpinx greenwoodiana is a giant sized example of this variability.

Synonyms Humboldtia memor (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia memor (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis brevis Schltr. 1923; Pleurothallis gnomonifera Ames 1923; *Pleurothallis memor Rchb. f. 1856; Trichosalpinx greenwoodiana Soto Arenas 1987; Trichosalpinx nageliana Soto Arenas 1987

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Pleurothallis memor; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 183. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Pleurothallis brevis; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Pleurothallis gnomonifera; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 as Pleurothallis memor drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as Pleurothallis memor drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Pleurothallis memor drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1254 Dodson 1985 as Pleurothallis memor drawing close lip is different; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 as Pleurothallis memor photo ok; ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 10 (2) Soto Arenas 1987 as T greenwoodiana photo/drawing fide; ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 10 (2) Soto Arenas 1987 as T nagelianaphoto/drawing fide Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 197 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 698 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing hmm; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 699 Hagsater & Soto 2002 as T nageliana drawing ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo ok; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 as T nagelianaphoto fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 28 #2 2011 drawing fide; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 as t greenwoodiana photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as T nageliana