Platystele gyroglossa Luer 1977 SUBGENUS Platystele Photo by Piet Brouwer and his P base website

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Common Name or Meaning The Round Tongue Platystelle

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in southern Colombia and Ecuador in guava plantations at elevations of 1300 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, gradually cuneate below in to the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, subdense, distichous, 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm] long including the 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul, with 5 to 10 simultaneously opening flowers at any one time

Synonyms Platystele porphyroglossa P.Ortiz 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Plastystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2002 in Addenda; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 PHOTO fide;

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