Trichosalpinx teres Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade cool EARLY Summer

Common Name The Terete Trichosalpinx [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, producing new ramicauls from the apex of the old ramicauls enveloped by 2, thin, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying an erect, fusiform terete, narrowly obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a secund .4" [ 1 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Recognized by the unique thick, fusiform leaves, the prolific ramicauls less than .4" [1 cm] long, and enveloped by only 2, microscopically ciliate sheaths that are neither dilated nor with thick margins at the ostium. The sepals are fleshy and thickly carinate, the petals are membraneous and elliptical, the trilobed lip is basically similar to those related to T scabridula with a tiny callus at the junction of the lateral lobes with the middle lobe." Luer 1997

Synonyms Tubella teres (Luer) Archila 2000

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