Trichosalpinx hamiltonii Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Tubella Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Herbaria Website

Full shade Cold Winter

Common Name Hamilton's Trichosalpinx [Codiscoverer of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southeastern Peru and northwestern Bolivia at elevations of 3000 to 3666 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7, closely adpressed, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a loose, secund, filiform, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long including the 1 to 1.6" [2.5 to 4 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Distinguished by the slender ramicauls much longer than the small elliptical leaves. The few flowered, loose, strict raceme accompanied by two to four, old, spent racemes that far surpass the leaf. The proportionally large flowers vary in color from red to yellow. The sepals are acute and the petals and lip are elliptical and obtuse. A keel is present on the subunguiculate base of the lip." Luer 1997

Synonyms Specklinia hamiltonii (Luer) Luer 2004; Stelis hamiltonii (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Tubella hamiltonii (Luer) Archila 2000;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 Pleurothallis hamiltonii drawing not = Pleurothallis hamiltonii; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia hamiltonii