Platystele jane-lueriana Karremans & Bogarín 2017

TYPE Drawing by Karremans & Ramirez

Full shade Hot LATE Summer

Common Name Jane Luer's Platstele [The name honors Jane Luer, wife and long life companion of Carl Luer, and who undoubtedly has played a key role in these four decades of Luer’s studies of the Pleurothallidinae current]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Cartago province of Costa Rica on the Caribbean watershed of the Talamanca range growing in secondary forests at elevations around 1135 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, abbreviated ramicauls enveloped by tubular, imbricating, slightly compressed, membraneous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptic, thick, condupliate, subacute, emarginate, abaxially keeled, terminating in a short apiculus, conduplicate below into the conspicuous, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer on distichous, congested, peduncle .34" [8.5 mm] long, .4" [1 cm] long overall, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with acute, conduplicate, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Among the species of the Platystele oxyglossacomplex, P. jane-lueriana can be distinguished by the glabrous flowers, and the conspicuously inflated, bulbous lip, with an incurved apex (at least in the studied specimen). It most closely resembles P. propinqua (Ames) Garay , in the compact inflorescence that is subequal to the leaves, but is distinguished by tail-less sepals and the linear-ligulate petals (vs. acuminate sepals and elliptic petals)." Karremans and Bogarin 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * LANKESTERIANA 17(2): 215 Karremans and Bogarin 2017 photo/drawing fide;