Trichosalpinx uvaria Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Pseudolepanthes Luer 1986

Photos by Ferdy Christant and The Jungle Dragon Website

Plant and Flowers

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade cold LATER Summer

Common Name The Grape Bunch Trichosalpinx [refers to the callus of the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Choco' and Risaralda departments of Colombia at elevations around 1900 to 2450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5, long-ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying an erect, coriaceous, green with purple veins, broadly elliptical, subacute to obtuse with a prominent mucro, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a strict, loose, 2.8" [7 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with acuminate, long-spiculate floral bracts.

"Collected with T spathulata and T uvaria where all three coexist in Choco and Risaralda departments of Colombia and all are similar vegetatively but each has a distinct flower. T uvaria is distinguished by the smaller flowers, petals with a prominent, hook-like lobe above the base and a lip with a proportionally large callus that occupies 2/3's of the lip. It is prominently lobulate-papillose like a bunch of grapes." Luer 1997

Synonyms Pseudolepanthes uvaria (Luer) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Pseudolepanthes uvaria photo fide