Platystele misasiana P.Ortiz 1981 SUBGENUS Platystele

Another Angle

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Duane Mc Dowell and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website


Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cool Cold Spring

Common Name or Meaning Misas' Platystele [Colombia Discoverer of Species Current]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, immbricating tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, subdense, distichous, to 3.2" [to 8 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several to many flowered, racemose inflorescence with tubular floral bracts.

"Identified by the narrowly obovate leaves, an erect raceme of numerous, small, simultaneous flowers, falcate, ciliate petasl and an obovate, obtuse lip free of callus or glenion." Luer 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 14 #3 Ortiz 1981 photo/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing s ok [seem to be missing short ciliate margins on the petals and sepals]; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo ok