Trichosalpinx vasquezii Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Trichosalpinx

Plant and Flowers

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Hot LATER Winter

Common Name Vasquez's Trichosalpinx [Bolivian Orchid Enthusiast and codiscoverer of species current ]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia in lowland seasonally dry forests at elevations around 300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 9, white, lepanthiform sheaths with long, oblique, dilated, ciliate ostia and carrying an erect, coriaceous, 3 prominent purple stripes, elliptical-ovate, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later winter on a congested, distichous, .2" [5 mm] long, simultaneously 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"The conspicuous, snow white, dilated lepanthiform sheaths of the ramicauls contrast with the obovate leaves with three prominent purple stripes. The very small dark purple flowers are produced simultaneously in a crowded raceme at the base of the back side of the leaf. The sepals are glabrous and obtuse, the petals are acute and the lip is oblong and ciliate with a pair of small, basal lobules.

The flowers are similar to Pleurothallis ricii with wich it occurs in the same forest." Luer 1997

CAUTION The ID is tenuous at least to Luer's type description of the actual plant "conspicuous, snow white, dilated leapanthiform sheaths of the ramicauls contrast with the obovate leaves with three prominent purple stripes." So please use with caution!!!!

Synonyms Pendusalpinx vasquezii (Luer) Karremans & Mel.Fernández 2018

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