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.

Synonyms *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 Luer 1997 drawing ok;