Trichosalpinx notosibirica (T.Hashim.) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

T mastophora form

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

Plant and Inflorescence Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Common Name The Bolivian Siberia Trichosalpinx [refers to the occurence in highlands of Bolivia]

Flower Size .4" [1cm]

Found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in montane forests at elevations of 1900 to 3100 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold, scandent growing epiphyte with prolific, branching, erect, elongate ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 7, closely adpressed, lepanthiform sheaths with ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, purple suffused, elliptical , subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a loose, lightly flexuous, 2 to 4.8" [5 to 12 cm] long, more or less simultaneously several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

Very similar to T intricata but differs in the prolific, long-scandent habit. A small, scandent species without long-acuminate sepals is called T scabridula.

Synonyms Pleurothallis mastophora Luer & R.Vásquez 1981; *Pleurothallis notosibirica T.Hashim. 1978; Trichosalpinx mastophora (Luer & R.Vásquez) Luer 1983; Tubella notosibirica (T.Hashim.) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Luer 1997 drawing ok; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez and Ibisch 2000; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo not good enough for id