!Trisetella triaristella ( Rchb.f. ) Luer 1980 SECTION Trisetella SUBSECTION Triaristella Photo by Bogarin and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Another Angle Photo by Daniel Jimenez

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

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Common Name The Three Awn Trisetella [refers to the three aristate tails of the sepals]

Flower Size 1 2/5" [3.5 cm]

Found in Panama, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 700 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical to linear, semiterete, sulcate, acute leaf that is often suffused with purple beneath and blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, verrucose, 1 3/5" to 3 1/5" [4 to 8 cm] long, racemose, successively [2 to 5] single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract beeelow the middla and a floral bract.

Synonyms *Masdevallia triaristella Rchb. f. 1876; Triaristella reichenbachii Brieger 1976; Triaristellina triaristella ( Rchb.f. ) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Masdevallia triaristella; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Masdevallia triaristella drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 2 1964 photo as Masdevallia triaristella; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Masdevallia triaristella; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1969 as Masdevallia triaristella; Die Orchideen #8 29-32 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Triaristella reichenbachii photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Vol 6 1989 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 43/3 2001 Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo ok

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