Trichosalpinx scabridula (Rolfe) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation At the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Drawing

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

Common Name The Scabrous Trichosalpinx [refers to the sheaths on the ramicaul]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Peru and Bolivia at elevations af 1900 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, prolific, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ascending, scandent, prolific, branching ramicauls enveloped completely by 2 to 4, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, often purplish, ascending, thickly coriaceous, elliptical to suborbicular, lens-shaped, obtuse to rounded apically broadly cuneate to rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, loose, subflexuous, disitchous, simultaneously few flwoered, racemose inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

Very similar to T intricata but differs in the prolific, scandent habit. A larger, long-scandent species with long-acuminate sepals is called T notosiberica.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis scabridula Rolfe 1895; Tubella scabridula (Rolfe) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 2 Foldats 1970 as Pleurothallis scabridula drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Luer 1997 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000