Trichosalpinx steyermarkii Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade cool Spring

Common Name Steyermark's Trichosalpinx [American Orchid Enthusiast in Venezuela] current]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Bolivar state of Venezuela at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, microscopically scabeous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying an erect, thickly coriaceous with convex surfaces, suborbicular, obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, .4 to to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, successively single 2 flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"The smallest member of the genus. The suborbicular leaves less than .16" [4 mm] long, are borne by ramicauls also less than .16" [4 mm] long, the sepals are .01" [.25 mm] long. The lip with lobes filling the basal half with the anterior lobe triangular differs from the oblong lip of T pusillawith lobes on the basal quarter or third." Luer 1997

Synonyms Tubella steyermarkii (Luer) Archila 2000

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