Platystele altarica Luer 1980

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full Shade cold Spring

Common Name The Altar Volcano Platystele

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Chimborazo province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, ribbed, imbricating, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obovate, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, loose, distichous, strict, to 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and has a thin, shorter than teh epdicel floral bract.

"Recognized by the brown-striped sepals and petals and an ovate, dark purple lip covered by capitate cells witha large glenion and a central depression." LUer 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 46: 354 Luer 1980;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Luer 1994 drawing fide;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodosn 2003 drawing fide;