Trichoceros cristinae P.Ortiz & Uribe Vélez 2009 TYPE Drawing by © Padre Pedro Ortiz

Common Name Cristina's Trichoceros [Colombian Maria Cristina Samper de Uribe wife of discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Santander department of Colombia [northernmost of the genus] as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with an ascending rhizome with 4 basal, lowermost few smallest, upper larger, thick, fleshy, angularly concave, apiculate, conduplicate, foliaceous sheaths enveloping an oval pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, small, conduplicate, apicualte leaf that blooms in the winter on a basal, erect, lightly arcuate, to 2" [5 cm] long, provided with a bract at the middle, racemose, 3 flowered inflorescence.

Similar to the Peruvian T dombeyi but T cristanae is distinguished by having much longer, falcate lateral lobes, less hairy, a globose protuberance in the center of the callus and having a more pronounced pentagonal form to the lip and the column has obtuse prolonged sides of the stigma


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología Vol 26 #2 pg 125 2009 drawing/photo fide;