Trichosalpinx calceolaris Luer & R.Escobar 1997 SUBGENUS Pseudolepanthes Luer 1986 TYPE for the SUBGENUS

Photo by Rodrigo Escobar

Another Flower

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Type Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shadeCold LATERSpring

Common Name The Shoe-Like Trichosalpinx [refers to the appearance of the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia on the western cordillera in cloud forests at elevations around 2750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4, long ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, purple suffused beneath, elliptical, obtuse to rounded, apiculate, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, spiculate, substrict, loose, 1.6" [4 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with acuminate, spiculate floral bracts.

"Closest to T pseudolepanthes but the connate lateral sepals and the narrowly linear, outstretched petals are distinctive. The callus of the lip is taller and broader than the blade. The lip appears to be a tiny, warty slipper." LUer 1997

Synonyms Pseudolepanthes calceolaris (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #2 2013 drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Pseudolepanthes calceolaris photo fide