Trichosalpinx sijmii Luer 2002 SUBGENUS Trichosalpinx Photo by Byron Rinke

partial shade Warm Cool Fall

Common Name or Meaning Sijmi's Trichosalpinx [Dutch Orchid collector current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Peru at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout, flexuous ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6 lepanthiform sheaths with long-ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 3 to 4, loose, .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long, succcessively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul and has ciliate floral bracts

Distinguished by the stout, flexuous ramicaul with long-ciliate ostia and a narrowly elliptical leaf witha relatively large flower with the lateral sepals forming a depp mentum with an elongate column foot. The petals are acute and ciliate and the lip is arcuate and reaches out od the mentum with its obovate blade and is ciliate below the middle and biauriculate at the base.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing