Trisetella scobina Luer 1980 SECTION Trisetella SUBSECTION Triaristella Rchb.f 1876

Photo by Ron Parsons

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Rasp-Like Peduncle Trisetella

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations of 800 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, thickly coriaceous, dark green and often infused with purple beneath, narrowly linear, semiterete, acute leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, erect, arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle, scabrous, congested, racemose, 3.6" to 6.4" [9 to 16 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with thin, imbricating, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Very similar to Trisetella triaristella but T scobina differs in the usually longer, stiff, markedly scabrous peduncle, flowers with a longer, narrower synsepal and a lip with a central pair of smaller carinae in addition to the usual pair. Also closely allied to Trisetella regia but it has a single, central carina between the usual pair." Luer 1989

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 47: 57 1980; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Luer 1989 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #3 2013 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;