Trichosalpinx psilantha Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Trichosalpinx

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cold EARLY Summer

Common Name The Hairless Trichosalpinx [refers to the flower]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9 lepanthiform sheaths with broadly dilated, oblique, ciliate ostia and carrying an erect, coriaceous, suffused with purple beneath, broadly elliptical, obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a successive fascile at the base of the backside of the leaf, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, congested, .4" [1 cm]long, successively 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence .

"Similar to Trichosalpinx inquisiviensis but the sepals are glabrous and deeply concave, the petals are spathulate and minutely denticulate and the lip, also glabrous, is very thin with a pair of lobules, delicately hinged between the column foot." Luer 1997


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 corriegenda