Platystele alucitae Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Platystele

TYPE Photo by © Luis Baquero

Another Flower


Photo/Original Drawing by © Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Gnat-Like Platystele

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia and Santander departments of Colombia and Imbabura, Carchi and El Oro provinces of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1100 to 2500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying an erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute, narrowing cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, slender, .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, loose, flexuous, disitchous, successively several to many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising laterally from the ramiucal with thin, shorter than the epdicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the concave, long-tailed sepals, narrowly linear, usually upcurved petals and a short, ovate, cellular-glandular lip." Luer 1990

Synonyms Platystele cuculligera P.Ortiz 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 46(6): 355. Luer 1980 drawing fide; Orquideología 14(3): 210. Ortiz 1981 as Platystele cuculligera drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo ok; LANKESTERIANA 19(1): 7. Baquero & Verkovitch 2019 photo fide; Platystele finleyae, Pleurothallidinae, A New Species From Northwesten Ecuador Monteros, Restrepo and Baquero 2022 as P cf alucitae photo fide