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


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

Flower Size 3/8" [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 leaf that blooms on an erect, very slender, smooth, 1/8" [20 to 25 mm] long, congested raceme with a bract near the base and arising from low on the ramicaul that has a succession of single flowers held just above the leaves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Vol 6 1989 drawing fide