Platystele pyriformis Luer 1990

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Cool Summer

Common Name The Pear-Shaped Platystele [refers to the lip shape]

Flower Size .36" [9 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in wet cloud forests at elevations around 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, erect, to 5.2" [13 cm] long including the 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm] long peduncle, lax, successively several flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and has a oblique, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Vegetatively this speceies is larger than its relatives. The lip is thickand pear-shapred. The undersurface of the lip is lightly concave between what looks like thick, revolute sides of the lip." Luer 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide;