Trichosalpinx quitensis (Rchb.f.) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

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

Full shade Cool Cold Summer winter

Common Name The Quito 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, more or less stout ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coricaeous, elliptical to narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and winter on a congested, filiform, 2.4 to 10" [6 to 25 cm] long including the .2 to .29" [5 to 7 mm] long peduncle, simultaneously few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul within the uppermost cauline sheath and has infundibular floral bracts.

"In habit T quietensis resembles species of SUBGENUS Trichosalpinx because of the relatively stout, non-prolific ramicauls and the short, congested inflorescence. The flowers however suggest SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986. They are disinguished by the small fleshy sepals, obtuse petals and a thick lip with small erect, uncinate processes on the calli above the base." Luer 1997

Synonyms Humboltia quitensis (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis brevispicata C.Schweinf. 1942; *Pleurothallis quitensis Rchb.f. 1855; Trichosalpinx brevispicata (C.Schweinf.) Luer 1983; Tubella quitensis (Rchb.f.) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide;