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.

"Distinguished by the medium sized habit of densely caespitose, non-proliferating ramicauls with loose, several flowered racemes of comparitively large flowers with long, filiform sepaline tails. The lateral sepals are very narrow and the petals are acute. The lip is three lobed with the erect, lateral lobes terminating at the middle with obtuse apices. No calli are present." Luer 1997

Synonyms Karma multicuspidata (Rchb.f.) Karremans 2023; *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;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 as Karma multicusoidata