Platystele pubescens Luer 1984

Photo by Joel Mc Neil and his P Base Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade WarmCool Summer and again Winter

Common Name The Hairy Platystele

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia and Pichincha province of Ecuador in wet cloud forests at elevations around 500 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, loose, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and winter on a filiform, weak, suberect, to 2.4" [6 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, loose, distichous, flexuous, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from the ramicaul and has a thin floral bract.

There are 4 very similar species all from the western side of the andes of Ecuador, P adelphe, P scopulifera, P ximenae and P pubescens, which is easily distinguished from the others by its long-pubescent sepals and the transversly cordate lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 55: 200. Luer & Vasquez 1984; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 19(1): 7. Baquero & Verkovitch 2019 photo fide; Platystele finleyae, Pleurothallidinae, A New Species From Northwesten Ecuador Monteros, Restrepo and Baquero 2022 photo fide