Platystele stonyx Luer 1990 SUBGENUS Platystele

Plant and Flowers Photos by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Full shadeCool ColdWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Sharp Lipped Platystele

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia at elevations around 1500 to 3600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing 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 winter on a weak, loose, distichous, to 6" [to 15 cm] long including the 1.2" [3 cm] long, capillary peduncle, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Luer 1990 darwing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Ibisch & Vasquez 2000; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide