Trichosalpinx strumifera Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade cold LATE Summer EARLY fall

Common Name The Swollen Trichosalpinx [refers to the large chin of the lateral sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2000 to 2300 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with ascending to descending, slender, producing new ramicauls from the apex of the old ramicauls enveloped by 3, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying an ascending to descending, thickly coriaceous, broadly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, broadly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a secund .4" [ 1 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

Similar to T chamelepanthes vegetatively but is distinguised by the short, few flowered raceme, obtuse sepals connate for about half their length and obliquely elliptical petals. The lip is deeply tri-lobed with obtuse, ciliate lateral lobes extending above the middle and villous beteen them. The ovate anterior lobe is minutely papillose." Luer 1997

Synonyms Tubella strumifera (Luer) Archila 2000

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