Platystele viridis Luer 1983

Photo by Duane McDowell and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade LATEWinter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Green Platystele

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Ecuador without collection data as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, loose, thin, ribbed sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a slender, erect, to 8" [20 cm] long including the 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] long peduncle, subdense, distichous, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and has a thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by the large plant, witha tall inflorescence of numerous, simultaneous, comparatively large, green flowers. The sepals are ovate, the laterals partially connate and the lip is oblong and obtuse with a large, shallow glenion." Luer 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide