Trichosalpinx werneri Luer 2002 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cold Fall

Common NameWerner's Trichosalpinx

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2200 meters as a miniature sized, prolific, cold growing epiphyte with pendent, slender, prolific ramicaul enveloped by 3 closely adpressed, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform shetths and carrying a single, apical, descending, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, fusiform, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall on a congested, filiform, [6 to 8 mm] long including the [2 mm] long peduncle, simultaneously 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence arisng from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Closely related to T hirtzii but the purple flower of T werneri is produced simultaneously in a short, congested raceme. The lateral sepals form a deep, rounded mentum with an elongated column-foot, the petals are large but simple and the lip is also deeply trilobed. The anterior lobe is narrowly linear, ciliate and retuse at the tip. The lateral lobes are broadly rounded and erect." Luer 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV A First Century of New Species of Stelis of Ecuador Part 1 Luer 2002