Trichosalpinx pringlei (Schltr.) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Trichosalpinx

Photo by © Mario Velasquez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Angle

Photo by Noble Bashor


Drawing by © Carl Luer

Common Name Pringle's Trichosalpinx [American Orchid Discoverer late 1900's]

Flower Size .08" [2mm]

Chiapas Mx., 2195m elev, between Delores & Teopisca,

Found in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador in oak, pine, juniper forest at elevations of 2000 to 3000 meters, as a miniature sized, cold growing, small, creeping, caespitose epiphyte with a slender ramicaul envelopd by lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, fleshy, oblanceolate to elliptic, shortly petiolate, obtuse to acute, tridenticulate leaf that blooms at any time of the year on a 2.4" [6 cm] long, subdense, successively several flowered inflorescence with infundibuliform-pointed, membraneous floral bracts carrying the small, bilabiate flowers held well above the leaf and 3 to 5 simultaneously open flowers at a time.

"Distinguished by the repent habit and an inflorescence that exceeds the leaf in length. The sepals are glabrous, the minute petals are serrulate and the lip is three-lobed with the lobes below the middle, erect, obtuse and oblique. A minute pair of basal lobes flank the thin hinge to the column foot." Luer 1997

Synonyms *Pleurothallis pringlei Schltr. 1906

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952 as Pleurothallis pringlei Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Pleurothallis pringlei drawing/photo fide; ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 10 (2) 1987 photo/drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 99 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018