Platystele crinita Luer & Hirtz 1990Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Dressler 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 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.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Selbyana 3(3-4): 226-227, f. 214. 1977. Luer drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Plastystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide