Trisetella hirtzii Luer 1986 SECTION Trisetella SUBSECTION Calvicaulis Luer 1989

Front View

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Angle

Photo by Arturo Carrillo

Another Flower

Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

Plant and Flowers

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Hirtz' Trisetella [Discoverer of species- Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast 20th century]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in the eastern slope of the Andes in southern Ecuador at altitudes of 950 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte of wet humid forests with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising from low on the ramicaul, very slender, smooth, with a bract near the base, .8 to 1" [20 to 25 mm] long, congested, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

"Identified by the relatively broad, obovate leaves, a shortly fringed ovary, bright rose sepals with an orange tail of the dorsal sepal and white tails of the lateral sepals and a pair of small, uncinate processes on the calli of the lip." Luer 1989

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Luer 1989 drawing fide;