Platystele stellaris Luer 1979

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Star-Like Platystele

Flower Size .4 [1 cm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations around 2400 meters as mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, ribbed, imbricate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a suberect,weak, filiform, 6 [15 cm] long including the 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long peduncle, distantly and successively few flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the large, star-shaped flowers with long-acuminate, red-brown veined sepals and petals." Luer 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI *Selbyana 5(2): 156. Luer 1979; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide