Trichosalpinx navarrensis (Ames) Mora-Ret. & García Castro 1992 SUBGENUS Trichosalpinx

Drawing by © Carl Luer

Collection sheet

Collection sheet by © Ames and Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cool Winter

Common Name The Navarro Trichosalpinx [A town near the collection site of this species]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in cloud forests at elevations around 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout, more or less recumbent ramicauls enveloped by 2 lepanthiform sheaths with broadly dilated, oblique, ciliate ostia and carrying a suberect, coriaceous, purple-bronze, suffused with purple beneath, elliptical, acute, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a .16" [4mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Characterized by the small, creeping habit, the ellipical leaves are thick and purple bronze especially underneath. The small dark red-purple flowers are borne singly on short peduncles. The sepals are ciliate and sparsely pubescent within. The petals are minutely ciliate. The lip is elliptical and densely glandular-pubescent and the base is bilobulate. From a central callus at the base a longitudinal extension disappears near the middle." Luer 1997

Synonyms *Pleurothallis navarrensis Ames 1925

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;