Platystele scopulifera Luer & Dodson 1991

Drawing by Carl Luer

Part shade Cool LATESpring

Common Name The Brush Carrying Platystele [refers to the callus of the lip]

Flower Size .16 to .2" [4 to 5 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas province of Ecuador on pasture trees at elevations around 1450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on an erect, weak, filiform, .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, from near the apex of the ramicaul, rachis .2" [5 mm] long, distichous, flexuous, successively few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with wine reds sepals and petals with white margins and a dark red lip.

"This tiny species closely resembles P pubescens but P scopulifera is distinguished by the sepals and petals that arae only shortly ciliate instead of long-ciliate and long pubescent and a similar transversely cordate lip but with a broad, densely long-glandular-pubescent, brush-like callus covering much of the surface." Luer 2000


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleuorothallidinarum VIII Luer 1991 drawing fide;