Platystele ornata Garay 1958 Photo by Jacob Uluwehi Knecht and The Pinterest Photo Website

Full Shade Hot Fall LATERSpring

Common Name The Ornate Platystele [refers to the fringe on the sepals and petals]

Flower Size .06" [1.5 mm]

Found in Venezuela and Morona Santiago Ecuador in wet cloud forests at elevations around 400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and later spring on an erect to suberect, to .88" [2.2 cm] long including the .4 to .48" [1 to 1.2 cm] long peduncle, dense, distichous, successively several flowered inflorescence arising laterally on the ramicaul and has a thin floral bract and carrying non-resupinate flowers..

Synonyms Pleurothallis guatopensis Foldats 1970; Pleurothallis ornata (Garay) Foldats 1968

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing fide; Flora De Venezuela Volumen 15 Segunda Parte Foldats 1970 as Pleurothallis ornata drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide

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