Platystele ximenae Luer & Hirtz 1991 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz

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Common Name Ximena's Platystele [Mrs Ximena Hirtz, wife of Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast - Current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found from Ecuador in wet montane forests at elevations around 1250 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, loose, flexuous, disitchous, successively several flowered, to 2 3/4" [to 7 cm] long including the 1 to1.6" [2.5 to 4 cm] long peduncle, racemose inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul.

There are 4 very similar species all from the western side of the andes of Ecuador, P pubescens, P scopulifera, P adelphe and P ximenae which is easily distinguished from the others by its shortly pubescent sepals and the basal lobes of the cordate lip surround the column.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Vol 8 1991 drawwing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide;

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