Trichosalpinx todziae Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade cool LATER Spring

Common Name Todzia's Trichosalpinx [Carol Todzia discoverer of speciues current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 1100 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with often proliferating 1 to 2, new ramicauls from the apex of the old ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5 microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths with ciliate ostia and carrying an erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, subdense, subdistichous, 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Closely related to T carinilabia and T dura. From T carinilabia it is distinguished by short-pedicellate flowers without the prominent mentum, narrowly acuminate sepals and a lip with small thin lateral lamellae and an indistinct midline callus below the middle. Although the apex of the lip is thickened, it is far from the large, esceedingly thick apex of T carinilabia. From T dura it is distinguished by the smaller habit, smaller, shorter pedicellate flowers with narrowly acuminate sepals, a lip with three thin lateral calli instead of three, thick calli and a wingless column apically." Luer 1997

Synonyms Tubella todziae (Luer) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;