Trichosalpinx spathulata Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Pseudolepanthes Luer 1986


Photo by David Nattrass The Jungle Dragon Website

Plant and Flower

Photo by Sebastian Viera Uribe

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade cold Summer Winter

Common Name The Spatulate Trichosalpinx [refers to the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Choco' and Risaralda departments of Colombia at elevations around 1600 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, prolific, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect, prolific ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, long-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, green with purple veined, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and winter on a loose, 2.4" [6 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul with acuminate, long-spiculate floral bracts.

"Collected with T silverstonei and T uvaria where all three coexist in Choco and Risaralda departments of Colombia and all are similar vegetatively but each has a distinct flower. T spathulata is distinguished by the concave, spiculate sepals, long ungiculate, broadly spathulate. ereose petals and a lip with an erect, finger-like callus. The margins of the lip are thin and dilated with lobulate margins." Luer 1997

Synonyms Pseudolepanthes spathulata (Luer) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Pseudolepanthes spatulata photo fide