Trichosalpinx systremmata (Luer) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella

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

Full shade cold fall Winter

Common Name The Ball-Like Trichosalpinx [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Loja Ecuador at elevations around 2000 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2, ribbed, glabrous to microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, to suborbicular, obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a loose, filiform, 4.4" [11 cm] long including the .4 to 2" [1 to 5 cm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis systremmata Luer 1981; Tubella systremmata (Luer) Archila 2000

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