Platystele rhinocera Luer & Hirtz 1990 Photo by Ecugenera and Orchid Website

Common Name Brenner's Platystele [American Orchid Enthusiast in Ecuador current]

Flower Size 1/4" [7mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in wet forests at elevations of 750 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, apiculate apically, narrowing and cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, loose, distichous, subflexuous, 2" [to 5 cm] long including the .4 to 1.2" [1 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively few to several flowered inflorescence arising laterally and descending from the ramicaul and has thin floral bracts.

Very similar to P cedriense but P rhinocera differs mostly in the single veined dorsal sepal and the lateral to descending inflorescence.


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