Platystele beatricis P.Ortiz 2002

Another Color Photos by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz

Common Name Beatriz' Platystele [Beatriz Escobar de Escobar, Buga, Valle del Cauca, Colombia - Present]

Flower Size .06" [1.5 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia without locality as mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse, tri-apiculate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slightly shorter than the leaf, to .92" [2.3 cm] long, simultaneously to 10 flowered inflorescence holding the flowers in an apical umbel.

Similar to P dasyglossa, P ortiziana and P umbellata which all have simultaneously opening umbellate inflorescence but P beatricis differs first in the color with yellow flowers with a darker nearly orange red to purple lip. It differs from P dasyglossa by its longer inflorescence and narrower petals. P beatricis differs from all three other species by its sepals with entire margins, and the shape of its lip which is elongated and incurved apically.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 22 #2 pg 126 Ortiz 2002 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 24 #2 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 7 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol #9 2019 photo fide;