is one of the most unusually shaped species in the genus.
The flowers face downwards, as in most of these creeping
species. In life the flowers appear almost black, especially
when seen in the dark gloom of its cloud forest understory
home. The leaves are pebbly-textured and often have
a few artful purple veins, making the entire plant attractive.
The species can be terrestrial or epiphytic, and appears
to be a bit more tolerant of exposure than its congeners.
To date T. alyssana has
only been found on Cerro Mayordomo in the province of
Tungurahua, in east-central Ecuador. It is common there
at elevations from 3100 m to about 3300 m.
There are no similar species, so there are no taxonomic
problems with T. alyssana. The species shows
only very minor variations in flower shape and color.
The leaves are more variable, ranging from broadly to