Platystele calymma Luer 1977

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Full Shade Warm LATERSpring

Common Name The Hooded Platystele [refers to the large cucullate column]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Panama province of Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to subearect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, weak, suberect, 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long including the 1.2" [3 cm] long peduncle, loose, successively several flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and has an oblique, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Recognized by the comparitively broad, obtuse leaves, a slender, weak inflorescence of light green flowers, falcate lateral sepals and petals a fleshy, obovate lip and a large cucullate column." Luer 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 3(3-4): 226-227, f. 214 Luer 1977 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide;