Platystele crinita Luer & Hirtz 1990SUBGENUS Platystele

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Full Shade Warm LATERFall

Common Name The Long Hairy Fringed Platystele [refers to the hairy Lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Imbabura province of Ecuador in wet forests at elevations around 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later fall on a capillary, subcongested, .88" [2.2 cm] long including the .28 to .36" [7 to 9 mm] long peduncle, flexuous, distichous, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.

"Characterized by the few flowered , flexuous inflorescence that exceeds the leaf by about half its length, minutely ciliate, ovate, purple sepals, minutely ciliate, narrowly triangular petals and a purple black, elliptical lip with long, white, ciliate hairs. The lip is shallowly concave, but cleft below the middle between a pair of low calli." Luer 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide