Trichosalpinx nana (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

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

Full shade Cool Spring

Common Name The Dwarf Trichosalpinx

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1000 to 1450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, scandent, cool growing epiphyte with ascending, slender, prolific ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 6 minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, ascending, coricaeous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a loose, flexuous, distichous, filiform, 1.2" [ 3 cm] long including the to .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"A tiny, very rare, creeping species similar to T scabridula but differing most in the much smaller flowers. The calli at the forward angle between the lateral lobes and the anterior lobe of the lip are barely discernable." Luer 1997

Synonyms *Pleurothallis nana Ames & C.Schweinf. 1925; Tubella nana (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide;Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;