Trichosalpinx webbiae Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Full shade cold Spring

Common Name Webb's Trichosalpinx [American discoverer of species and co-owner of J & L Orchids current]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a suberect ramicaul enveloped by 2, lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically scabrous ostia and carrying a single, apical, suberect to prostrate, thickly coriaceous, purple mottled beneath, broadly elliptical, obtuse, contracted below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm] long , single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Similar to T pusilla but is distinguished by the minute clumps of overlapping, more or less prostrate leaves that obscure the ramicauls that are barely .04" [1 mm] long, The proportionally large, solitary flower, as large or larger than the leaf, is borne a short distance above the leaves. The sepals are shortly acuminate, the petals are irregularily truncate and the lobes of the lip occupy the lower half." Luer 1997

Synonyms Karma webbiae (Luer & R.Escobar) Karremans 2023; Tubella webbiae (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología 16(2): 188 Luer & Escobar 1984 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 as Karma wbbiae;