Trichosalpinx pusilla (Kunth) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

Inflorescence and plant Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Common Name The Very Small Trichosalpinx [refers to the plant size]

Flower Size .1" [3mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Northern Brazil in montane forests at elevations of 2500 to 3100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with occasionally prolific, branching, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 4, closely lepanthiform sheaths with microscopicly ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, convex, broadly elliptical to orbicular, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a loose, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, 2 to 3 flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

Synonyms *Dendrobium pusillum Kunth 1816; Humboldtia pusilla (Kunth) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis pusilla (Kunth) Lindl. 1842; Pleurothallis roraimensis Rolfe 1901; Specklinia pusilla (Kunth) Lindl. 1835; Trichosalpinx roraimensis (Rolfe) Luer 1983; Tubella pusilla (Kunth) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as Pleurothallis pusilla drawing good; ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 as P roraimensis drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 as Pleurothallis roraimensis drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as P roraimensis drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Luer 1997 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as T roraimensis drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide