Platystele cedriensis Baquero & G.Verkovitch 2019 Photo by Kevin Holcomb


Common Name The Los Cedros Reserve Platystele

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Imbabura department of Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, densely caespitose, epiphyte with terete, short, ramicaul enveloped by 2 to three ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, roundish, retuse apically with an apiculus nestled within the leaf, petiolate-spathulate below into the base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a horizontal to descending, cylindrical, flexuous, distichous, peduncle slender, .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long, rachis to 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively several, single flowered inflorescence with thin, acute, conduplicate floral bracts.

This orchid is very similar to P rhinoceras but P cedriense differs mostly in the 3 veined dorsal sepal and a horizontal to descending inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Two New Species of Platystele From Ecuador - Lankestriana 10 [1] Baquero & Verkovitch 2019 drawing/photo fide;