Platystele acutilingua Kapuler & Hascall 1966 SUBGENUS Platystele

TYPE Photo by Vincent Hascall and JBC The Journal Of Biological Chemistry - Proteoglycans and Orchids: the Work of Vincent Hascall


Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Warm LATERSummer

Common Name The Acute Lipped Platystele

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Choco and Antioquia departments of Colombia and Pichincha and Esmeraldas provinces of Ecuador in extremely wet lowland, coastal cloud forests at elevations around 600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with very short ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, ribbed, imbricatingf sheaths and carrying a single apical, lanceolate-elliptic, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on an erect, loose, distichous, flexuous, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long slender peduncle, successively single flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to Platystele oxyglossa but P acutilingua is easily recognized bythe obtuse sepals, narrowly linear petals and the long-attenuate lip more than twice as long as the sepals." Luer 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin Vol 35 #7 544 1966 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 203 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide