Platystele minimiflora (Schltr.) Garay, 1974 Photo by Ruben Senes and His Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Hot Summerwinter

Common Name The Little-Flowered Platystele

Flower Size .006" [2 mm]

Found in Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca states of Mexico as well as Central America and Colombia along rivers at elevations around 100 meters as a super mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte [1 cm total] with short, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, gradually narrrowing below into the conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and winter on a .4" [1 cm] long including the .32 to .6" [8 to 15 mm] long peduncle, successively, few flowering inflorescnece.

Synonyms Platystele halbingeriana (R.E.Schult.) Garay 1974; Pleurothallis halbingeriana R.E.Schult. 1941; *Pleurothallis minimiflora Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 288. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Pleurothallis minimiflora; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing okish Lip not acute; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo hmm;