Trichosalpinx trachystoma (Schltr.) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Trichosalpinx Photo by © Daniel Jimenez


Common Name The Shaggy Opening Trichosalpinx [Refers to the lepanthiform sheaths]

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Guatemala and Costa Rica in lowland forests at elevations of 350 to 950 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 10 leapnthiform sheaths with dilated, ciliate ostia and carrying a single, alical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall through spring on a congested, distichous, filiform, .4 to .5" [1 to 1.2 cm] long, simultaneously 2 to 4 flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on the back side of the leaf, from near the apex of the ramicaul.

CAUTION Luer's drawing shows no hairs on the sepals margins and Daniel's elevations [2000 meters] is way above what is mentioned by Luer.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis trachystoma Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;