Trichosalpinx reticulata Thoerle & C.Soto 2015 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Carmen Soto/TYPE Drawing by © Lisa Thoerle

Part Shade Cold Fall

Common Name The Reticulate Trichosalpinx [refers to the net-like pattern on the leaves]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Cusco department of Peru at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tight, ribbed, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, acuminate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, gray-green with purple reticulation, broadly elliptic to suborbicular, rounded and minutely retuse with a small deflexed apiculum, broadly cuneate abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a erect to suberect, from the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, rachis .8" [2 cm] long, loose, simultaneously 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence with microscopically verrucose, acuminate, slightly shorter than the ovary floral bracts carrying light tan colored flowers with red marked veins.

"This species is similar to Trichosalpinx carmeniae Luer, but differs in having gray-green, reticulated leaves, and a much longer inflorescence bearing flowers with a lip with a pair of low, rounded basal lobes and an obtuse apex." Thoerle & Soto 2015

Synonyms Tubella reticulata (Thoerle & C.Soto) Mel.Fernández & Bogarín 2018

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * LANKESTERIANA 17(2) Wilson 2017 drawing/photo fide