Platystele jesupiorum Luer 1981 Photo by Ron Parsons and his Picasa Orchid Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Full shade WarmFall

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, warm 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 floral bracts and carrying to 3 flowers open at any one time.


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