Trichosalpinx pumila (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 CoolCold Summer

Common Name The Small Trichosalpinx

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Venezuela and eastern Ecuador at elevations around 1000 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2, ribbed, glabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, broadly elliptical to suborbicular, margined, obtuse, apiculate, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a loose, filiform, 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long including the .4 to 1" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Very similar to T nymphalis and T systremmata but distinguished from them by the pair of tall laminae on the disc of the lip. Only the much larger T tenuis with a well developed ramicaul possesses a similar cleft callus." Luer 1997

Synonyms *Pleurothallis pumila Luer 1975; Tubella pumila (Luer) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Selbyana 1: 268 Luer 1975as Pleurothallis pumila drawing fide; Phytologia 54(5): 397. Luer 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide;