Trichosalpinx ringens Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Trichosalpinx

Photo by Daniel Jimenez

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Photo Webpage

Full shade Cool fall Winter Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Rigid Trichosalpinx

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Guatemala?, Costa Rica and western Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 1400 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erct, ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 10, coarsely long-ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute to subacute, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall through spring on a racemose, .2 to .25" [5 to 7 mm] long, fascile of successive, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul and carrying the flower on the front of the leaf.

"Distinguished from all others by the coarsely long-ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and flowers produced singly in a fascile. The thick narrow dorsal sepal stands erect above the much shorter, transversely obovate synsepal. The ciliate petals are 3 veined [one veined in all others in the genus]. The lip also deviates from the usual pattern by being deeply cleft between a pair of plates between erect, rounded ciliate and pubescent medial lobes. A longitudinal carina passes from the cleft to the base which lacks the pair of lobules found in all other species in the genus." Luer 1997


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018