Trichosalpinx intricata (Lindl.) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

Photo by Rebecca Repasky and Atrium Biodiversiy Information System Website


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia


Original Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Intricate Trichosalpinx [refers to the tangled mass of the type specimen]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil at elevations af 1000 to 3100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, occasionally prolific ramicauls enveloped completely by imbricate, closely adpressed, leapanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and hispid margins carrying a single, apical, elliptic, round and bilobed apically, upper surface wrinkled and medium green, back surface, smoother, green purple with three, clearly marked purple veins, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, 1.6" [4 cm] long, successively single to 6 flowered inflorescence.

Very similar to T scabridula but differs in the non-prolific habit. A larger, long-scandent species with long-acuminate sepals is called T notosiberica. Other related species but with lips lacking mammillate calli are T acremona, T cedralensis, T lamellata and T multicaudata." Luer 1997

Synonyms Humboldtia intricata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Karma intricata (Lindl.) Karremans 2023; *Pleurothallis intricata Lindl. 1846; Tubella intricata (Lindl.) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as Pleurothallis intricata drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964 as Pleurothallis intricata; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 2 Foldats 1970 as Pleurothallis intricata drawing good; Selbyana 3: 126 Luer 1976 as Pleurothallis intricata drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Pleurothallis intricata drawing fide; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980 as Pleurothallis intricata; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo ok; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 as Karma intricata