Trisetella pantex (Luer) Luer 1980 SECTION Trisetella SUBSECTION Calvicaulis Luer 1989 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Photo Site

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, palnt grown by Dan Newman and Hanging Gardens

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Common Name The Paunch Trisetella [refers to the protruding belly like synsepal]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found as a mini-miniature, cool to cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 1500 to 2600 meters in Ecuador in moist cloud forests with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, linear to narrowly obovate, semiterete, acute to subacute, gradually narrowes below into the conduplicate petiolate base leaf that is dark green and spotted with purple on the underside and blooms on a 3/4 to 1 1/4" [2 to 3.5 cm] long slender, minutely subverrucose, congested, erect to suberect, inflorescence that arises from low on the ramicaul and has a succession of single flowers occuring in the fall.

Synonyms *Masdevallia pantex Luer 1978; Triaristella pantex (Luer) Luer 1978; Triaristellina pantex (Luer) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae Vol 1 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Vol 6 1989 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 43/3 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo

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