Trisetella pantex (Luer) Luer 1980 SECTION Trisetella SUBSECTION Calvicaulis Luer 1989

Photo by Eric Hunt

Plant and Flower

Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dan Newman and Hanging Gardens

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


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

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador in moist cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature, cool to cold growing epiphyte 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 in the fall on an erect to suberect, arises from low on the ramicaul, slender, minutely subverrucose, with a bract near the middle, .8 to 1.4" [2 to 3.5 cm] long, congested, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Easily identified by the broad sepals forming a widely gaping cup with the synsepal inflated, concave, and protruding behind. Above the middle [in the lower part of the flower] the synsepal bulges conspicuously forward, the 2 short tails emerging from the sides of the rounded apex. The low laminae of the lip are provided with a few, blunt teeth." Luer 1989

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 47: 57 1980;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae Vol 1 1986 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Luer 1989 drawing fide;

Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 drawing fide;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide;

Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide;

Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;