Platystele brenneri Luer 1976 Photo by Andreas Kaye and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Type Drawing drawing by Carl Luer and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Brenner's Platystele [American Orchid Enthusiast in Ecuador current]

Flower Size 1/4" [7mm]

Found in Panama and Ecuador in rainforests at elevations of 400 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, obtuse, apiculate apically, narrowing and cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a congested, .25 to 4" [7 to 10 mm] long including the .16 to .4" [4 to 10 mm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with thin floral bracts and holding the flowers well above the leaves .

Closely related to P johnstonii but that one only occurs in Venezuela and differs in the more elongate dorsal sepal with a clavate apex.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 204 Dodson 1980 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidianarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide;