Platystele ortiziana Luer & R.Escobar 1990

Inflorescence and Leaf

Photos by Andy Phillips and his Andy's Orchid Website

Another Flower?

Photo by Jorge Mario Munera

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Ortiz' Platystele [Colombian Priest and Orchid Enthusiast RIP 2012]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Colon department of Panama and Choco department of Colombia at elevations around 300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a very congested, .6" to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long including the .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, umbellate, simultaneously opening, 5 to 15 flowered inflorescence arising laterally above the middle of the ramicaul with loose, imbricating, oblique, half as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to Platystele umbellata , P beatricis, and P dasyglossa but the umbellate inflorescence is composed of several, overlapping, minute, simultaneous flowers. The tiny rounded sepals are ciliate and the ovate lip is about 50% larger with revolute sides that impart a violin-shape. The obtuse apex is convex." Luer 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 2/3 1977/8 photo pg 147 fide; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide to the first photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide to the first photo; A Compendium Of Miniature Orchid Species Vol 2 Parsons & Gerritson 2013 photo fide to the second and third photos;