Trichosalpinx carmeniae Luer 2012 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer


Common Name Carmen's Trichosalpinx [Sra Soto, Peruvian and Coordinadora de Programas Ecológicos en Inkaterra, Machu Picchu current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm] wide

Found in Cusco department of Peru at elevations around 3400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, non-dilated, ribbed, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, thickly coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse to round, broadly cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall on an erect, arising from the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .6" [1.5 cm] long, rachis 8" [2 cm] long, distantly 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with glabrous, pale rose sepals with broad red stripes along the veins, dark rose with red veined petals and a tan, glabrous lip.

"This species is similar to Trichosalpinx pergrata (Ames) Luer, but red-striped flowers are produced in a few-flowered raceme longer than the leaf. This small species is another of several similar species in the genus with long-acuminate tips of the sepals, but the sepals of Trichosalpinx carmeniae are brightly colored with red stripes overlying the veins. The lip is narrowly ovate with erect sides below the middle with a slight indentation on the margin where a callus is often present in related species. No callus is present in this species." Luer 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): Thoerle & Soto 2015 drawing/photo fide