Trichosalpinx alabastra (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella

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

Full shade Cold Spring LATERSummer Fall

Common Name The Unopened Trichosalpinx [refers to the cleistogamous flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Santander Colombia at elevations of 2500 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial on roadbanks with an erect to suberect, slender, prolific ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 6, closely adpressed, ribbed lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, later summer and fall on a subdebse, secund, 1.2 to 2.8" [3 to 7 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicual

Synonyms *Pleurothallis alabastra Luer & R.Escobar 1983; Tubella alabastra (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Luer 1997 drawing fide;

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