Platystele jesupiorum Luer 1981

Photo by Ron Parsons

Inflorescence Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade CoolFall

Common Name or Meaning Jesups' Platystele [American Orchid Enthusiasts current]

Flower Size .2" [6mm]

Found in Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes in wet montane forests at elevations around 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a weak, suberect, loose, lightly flexuous, to 6" [to 15 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence with thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying to 3 flowers open at any one time.

"Characerized by the petiolate leaves, a long, loose, successively flowered raceme, acuminate, ciliate petals and a lp with an uncinate apex." Luer 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide/photo ok;