Platystele cellulosa Luer & Hirtz 2009

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 30: 54 Luer & Escobar 2009

Common Name The Cellular Platystele [referring to the visible cells of the floral parts, commonly seen in most flowers of Platystele]

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations around 1300 meters as a super mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, ribbed sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, from the ramiocaul below the apex, peduncle filiform, .28" [7 mm] long, loose, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Except for being only half the size, the flower of this tiny species is similar to that of Central American Platystele minimiflora . The latter is repent with a short, congested raceme. This present species is caespitose with elliptical leaves, and a loose, successively flowered raceme producing up to eight or more flowers. The glabrous floral parts appear to be only one cell thick." Luer & Hirtz 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 30: 17 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide;