Trichosalpinx minutipetala (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Trichosalpinx

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Warm Cool LATE Winter

Common Name The Small Petaled Trichosalpinx

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and western Panama at elevations around 1000 to 1450 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 10 lepanthiform sheaths with broadly dilated, oblique ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, more or less purple suffused, coricaeous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a dense, distichous, filiform, .4 to 1.2" [1 to 3 cm] long including the to .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul

Part of the T memor complex, this species differs mainly in the size of the plant [close to 18" in height] and the very small petals that measure less than .24" [6 mm].

Synonyms *Pleurothallis minutipetala Ames & C. Schweinf. 1930;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Schedul. Orch. 10: 32-33. Ames & C.Schweinf 1930 as Pleurothallis minutipetala; Phytologia 54(5): 396. Luer 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Luer 1997;