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

Photo by Karremans and The Epidendra 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; Orquideologia Vol 28 #2 2011 drawing/photo fide;

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