Trichosalpinx trilobata (Fawc. & Rendle) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

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

Full shade cool Winter

Common Name The Three Lobed Trichosalpinx [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Jamaica in montane forests at elevations around 1200 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 4 microscopically ciliate leapanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, contracted below into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, from near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle filiform, .2 to .8" [.5 to 2 cm] long, .4 to 1.08" [1 to 2.7 cm] long, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with shoerter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the minute habit with the leaves as well as the ramicauls less than .04" [1 mm] long. The inflorescence, either one or two flowered, exceed tha leaf in length. The minute flowers borne on comparitively long pedicels, are usually cleistogamous. Occupying the lower half of the lip, the lobes are large and rounded with a minute or microscopic callus on the anterior margin." Luer 1997

Synonyms *Pleurothallis trilobata Fawc. & Rendle 1909; Tubella trilobata (Fawc. & Rendle) Archila 2000

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