Trichosalpinx yanganensis (Luer) Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade cold Fall

Common Name The Yangana Trichosalpinx [A town near where the orchid was discovered]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2250 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 6, closely adpressed, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a suberect, loose, secund, .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4.5 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

Related to T tenuis but is distinguished by the loose, few flowered raceme of of orange, brown striped flowers, longer than the elliptical leaf. The dorsal sepal is deeply concave, much broader than teh narrow lateral sepals combined. The oblong petals are broadly rounded apically, The lip is thickened below the middle with low, broadly rounded lateral lobes. The disc is featureless." Luer 1997

Synonyms *Pleurothallis yanganensis Luer 1981; (Luer) Archila 2000; Tubella yanganensis (Luer) Archila 2000

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