Trisetella strumosa Luer & Andreetta 1989 SECTION Trisetella SUBSECTION Triaristella Rchb.f 1876

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Photo by © Eric Hunt

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Plant and Flower

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Swollen Trisetella

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in the Cordillera del Condor of Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations of 1500 to 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with short, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, fleshy, linear, semi-terete, acute, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall on a erect, arising from low on the ramicaul, slender, with a bract below the middle, congested, verrucose, 3 to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"The long peduncle is scabrous except near the apex. The mentum of the synsepal is extraordinarily large, so large that it protrudes posteriorly. The sepaline tails are clavate. The petals and lip are not remarkably different from !Trisetella triaristella except for a pair of tall, central carinae on 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; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;