Platystele stonyx Luer 1990

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

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 with more or less hallf the length of the pedicel floral bracts.

" Disitnguished by the microscopically cellular-glandular, long-acuminate sepals, similar, narrowly linear petals and a thick narrowly ovoid, acute lip that is superficially but broadly channeled down the center beyond a basal callus with a prominent glenion." Luer 1990.


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