Platystele aculeata Luer 1981

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Plant and Inflorescence

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Karl Senghas/TYPE drawing by Carl Luer and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full Shade cold LATERSummer Fall

Common Name The Sharply Pointed Platystele

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Napo, Pastaza and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 to 2450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, 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, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer through fall on a slender, erect, to 4.4" [to 11 cm] longincluding the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, loose, flexuous, distichous, successively several to many flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and has a thin, much shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

" Easily distinguished by the long-attenuate floral parts with the up-curved, hooklike apex of the lip." Luer 1990

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