Platystele acicularis Luer & Hirtz 1990 Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Full Shade Warm cold LATERSummer Fall

Common Name The Sharply Pointed Platystele

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1000 to 2250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer through fall on a slender, suberect, to 6" [to 15 cm] long including the 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long peduncle, loose, flexuous, distichous, successively many flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and has an oblique floral bract.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum plate 742 Benntt & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photos fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenkop & Bermudez 2009 photo fide;