Trichosalpinx otarion (Luer) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cold Fall Winter

Common Name The Litle Eared Trichosalpinx [refers to the basal lobes of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador and San Martin department of Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 2650 to 3600 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, relatively stout to slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7 closely adpressed, dark brown, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coricaeous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on 1 occasionally 2, dense, strict, secund, 2.4 to 5.2" [6 to 13 cm] long including the 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

" Characterized by the relatively large, elliptical leaf surpassed by a long, crowded, strict, secund raceme of many simultaneous flowers. The sepals are long-attenuate, the petals are acute and the lip is tri-lobed. The lobes are basal, auriculate and minutely pubescent." Luer 1997

Synonyms *Pleurothallis otarion Luer 1982; Tubella otarion (Luer) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Selbyana 7: 1 Luer 1982 as Pleurothalis otarion; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide;