Platystele densiflora P. Ortiz 1978 SUBGENUS Platystele Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Flower closeup Photo by Jay Pfahl .

TYPE Drawing Type Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz


Common Name The Densly Flowered Platystele

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia at elevations of 1600 to 1900 meters as a miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erecft, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute, narrows below gradually into the cuneate, petiolate base leaf and blooms in the fall on a strict, congested, to 18" [to 45 cm] long including the 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract below the middle and loose, oblique floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 12 No 2/3 1977/8 photo/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Platystele Vol 7 1990 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 27 #1 2010 as P densiflora var xanthina photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 28 #2 2011 photo fide; A Compendium Of Miniature Orchid Species Vol 2 Parsons & Gerritson 2013 photo fide;