Platystele repens (Ames) Garay 1974

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Common Name The Creeping Platystele [refers to the habit of the plant]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala in lowland forests at elevations of 300 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with suberect, ascending, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-obovate, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, subdense, .8" [2 cm] long including the .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorecescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and has a thin floral bract.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis repens Ames 1908; Specklinia repens (Ames) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908 as Pleurothallis repens; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 3 Ames 1908 as Pleurothallis repens drawing fide; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952 as Pleurothallis repens; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 639 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 7 2004 photo good; A Compendium Of Miniature Orchid Species Vol 2 Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photo good; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide