Platystele alucitae Luer 1980

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

Common Name The Gnat-Like Platystele

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Colombia and 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 floral bracts.

Synonyms Platystele cuculligera P.Ortiz 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Phytologia 46(6): 355. 1980 drawing fide; Orquideología 14(3): 210. 1981 as Platystele cuculligera drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo ok

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