Trichosalpinx tropida (Luer) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Warm Cool LATERSummerEARLYFall

Common Name The Keeled Trichosalpinx [refers to the carina on the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Panama in abandoned orange groves at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, prolific, usually 2 to 3 superposed ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 4, closely adpressed, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thickly coriaceous, erect, elliptical, obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a filiform, loose, distichous, flexuous, 1.2" [3 cm] long, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Superficially similar to T carinilabia and T dura in habit but it differs from both in the entire, thick, obovate lip with a single, prominent carina extending from the deflexed base to above the middle." Luer 1997

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

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