!Trisetella triaristella ( Rchb.f. ) Luer 1980 SECTION Trisetella SUBSECTION Triaristella

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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 below the middle 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 as Masdevallia triaristella photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Masdevallia triaristella; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1969 as Masdevallia triaristella; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976 as Triaristella reichenbachii photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 # 6 1983 as T tridactylites photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Vol 6 1989 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo ok; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide