Trichosalpinx vagans (Garay & Dunst.) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

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

Common Name The Wandering Trichosalpinx [refers to the branching habit]

Flower Size .2" [.5 mm]

Found in Colombia at elevations of 2400 to 2800 meters as a miniature sized, prolific, branching, cold growing epiphyte with ascending, slender, scandent, prolific, branching ramicauls enveloped completely by 3 to 6 lepanthiform sheaths with minutely scabrous ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, semiterete, narrowly elliptical, acute, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, racemose, loose, simultaneously few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Differs from the Venezuelan T dunstervillei by the smaller flowers, an obtuse mentum and a lip with a different morphology. The lateral lobes of the lip are located just below the middle instead of above the base, the forward margins of the lobes course onto the anterior lobe instead of being deflexed, a tall longitudinal keel is located in the center and the anterior lobe is prominently cellular-glandular." Luer 1997

Synonyms Karma vagans (Garay & Dunst.) Karreman 2023; *Pleurothallis vagans Garay & Dunst 1976; Tubella vagans (Garay & Dunst.) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as Pleurothallis scabridula not; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide;

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

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