Platystele gerristsenianum Doucette, Gerritsen & Portilla 2016

Photos by Kevin Holcomb and his Flickr Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Alphonso Doucette and The AOS Bulletin Website

Full shade Cool to Cold Spring

Common Name Mary Gerritsen's Platstele

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador without locality as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with terete ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular, papaery sheaths and carrying a single, apcial, erect, coriaceous, obovate, obtuse, tridenticulate apex, narrowing below into the sulcate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a flexuous, peduncle filiform, glabrous, .68 to .72" [1.7 to 1.8 cm] long, rachis filiform, glabrous, [2.2 to 5.2 mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with tubular, membraneosus, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Similar to P propinqua and P taylori but differs in the dimensions of the sepals and lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 photo fide;