Trichosalpinx wilhelmii Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Full shade Warm Spring

Common Name Wilhelm's Trichosalpinx [American co-discoverer of species 1900's]

Flower Size .08" [2mm]

Found in Napo province of Ecuador at elevations around 550 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with an erect, often 2 to 3 superposed ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 6, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, ciliate 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.

This species is part of the T dura complex but differs in the small sepals that are tall-carinate; the tiny petals that are translucent with a microscopically erose, rounded apex; and the minute lip which is cellular and fleshy with erect, rounded sides, and a pair of central, mammillate calli

Synonyms Tubella wilhelmii (Luer) 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;