Platystele microscopica Luer 1980 Drawing by Bada and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Full Shade CoolCold Fall

Common Name The Microscopically Small Platystele

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Narino Colombia and Pichincha Ecuador in wet cloud forests at elevations around 1600 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2, thin, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, weak, suberect, to 3.6" [9 cm] long including .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, distichous, flexuous, successively several to many flowered inflorescence arising laterally on the ramicaul and has a thin floral bract.

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