Triaristella gemmata is an orchid species identified by (Rchb.f.) Luer in 1978. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Trisetella gemmata.
ORIGIN: Found in the central cordillera of Colombia as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 1700 to 1900 meters.
DESCRIPTION: Found in the central cordillera of Colombia as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 1700 to 1900 meters with slender roots, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrolwy elliptical, acute to subacute leaf that is faintly motttled beneath with purple that blooms in the fall on a slender, erect, 1 3/5 to 5 2/5 [4 to 6 cm] long, successively single flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract below the middle, a floral bract and 2 to 6 successive flowers. This species can be distinguished from others by it's cymbiform synsepal that is broadly concave towards the middle and covered within by tiny, red, glandular hairs that sparkle. The petals are elliptical, the lip is ovate and broadest towards the base and narrowest at the apex.
FLOWER SIZE: 3/4 inch [2 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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