Trichosalpinx arbuscula [Lindley]Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Tubella

Flowers and Plant

Photos by Dale Borders

Another Clone

Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.


Drawing by Carl Luer

Part shadeCool to Cold Falland Winter

Common Name The Tree-Like Trichosalpinx [refers to the growth habit]

Flower Size 1/8"

Found from Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador at elevations of [700] 1900 to 3000 meters and is a miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose, epiphyte or terrestrial that has a slender, branching ramicaul with 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptical leaf and blooms on a subdense, subsecund, arcuate to pendant raceme arising from the apex of the ramicaul with several flowers held well above the leaf with the flowers opening simultaneously occuring in the fall and winter.

"Some specimens of this species attain the largest size known within the genus. Tall leafy ramicauls stand in clumps and bear long racemes of numerous flowers with long-attenuate sepals that often recurve. Plants differ markedly in size of the leaves and height of the ramicauls, but, except for the lengths of the sepals , the morphology of the floral parts is surprisingly constant. Smaller plants suggest a transition into another widely distributed sympatric species-complex, T dura The entire, longitudinally tricallous lip is similar in both concepts." Luer 1997

Synonyms Humboldtia arbuscula (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia dinotherii (Rchb. f. & Warsz.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia diptera (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia moschata (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia arbuscula (Lindl.) Kuntze; Humboltia dinotherii (Rchb. f. & Warsz.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia diptera (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia moschata (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Karma arbuscula {lindley] Karremans 2023 ; *Pleurothallis arbuscula Lindl. 1842; Pleurothallis arbusculoides T. Hashim. 1978; Pleurothallis dinotherii Rchb. f. & Warsz. 1854; Pleurothallis diptera Lindl. 1859; Pleurothallis lepanthoides Schltr. 1920; Pleurothallis moschata Rchb. f. 1983; Pleurothallis tricaudata Schltr. 1921; Specklinia lepanthoides (Schltr.) Luer 2004; Trichosalpinx arbusculoides (T. Hashim.) Luer 1983; Trichosalpinx dinotherii (Rchb. f. & Warsz.) Luer 1983; Trichosalpinx lepanthoides [Schl.] Luer 1920; Trichosalpinx moschata (Rchb. f.) Luer 1983; Tubella arbuscula (Lindl.) Archila 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Pleurothallis dinotherii; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1881 as Pleurothallis moschata drawing; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as Pleurothallis lepanthoides; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921 as P tricaudata; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as Pleurothallis arbuscula; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967 as Pleurothallis arbuscula; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as Pleurothallis arbuscula drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Specklinia lepanthoides; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-gonzales,, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 as Karma arbuscula;