Trichosalpinx pseudolepanthes Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Pseudolepanthes Luer 1986 TYPE for the SUBGENUS

TYPE Drawing

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

Full shade Cool Cold Spring Summer

Common Name The False Lepanthes-Like Trichosalpinx

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1850 to 2050 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, comparitively stout ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, apiculate, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a loose, strict, filiform, sparsely apiculate, 5.2" [13 cm] long including the .4 to 1" [1 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Appears to be similar to the genus Lepanthes with an elongated, successively flowered raceme. The flowers are small and long-spiculate externally, the lateral sepals are free, the petals are acuminate and the fleshy lip has a conspicuous, papillose callus. The broadly truncate base is inflexibly attached to the pedestal-like base of the column." Luer 1997

Synonyms Pseudolepanthes colombiae Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 16 No 2 1984 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42-43 pg 2624 - 2756 Brieger 2001

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