Trichosalpinx multicuspidata (Rchb.f.) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

Photo by Francisco Tobar and Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Full shadecold Spring Summer

Common Name The Many Toothed Trichosalpinx [maybe refers to the appearance of the inflorescence with all the long tails of the sepals?]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2450 to 3350 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, non-prolific ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying an erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through summer on a loose, distichous, flexuous, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis multicuspidata Rchb.f. 1877; Tubella multicuspidata (Rchb.f.) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as syn to Pleurothallis intricata; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as Pleurothallis multicuspidata drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Pleurothallis multicuspidata drawing good; 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 good;