Platystele argentosa Luer & R. Escobar 1990

Another Plant

Plant Photos by Patricia Harding

Common Name The Silvery Platystele [refers to the grey-green leaves]

Flower Size 1/10th" [2.5 mm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia at elevations of 1200 to 1450 meters as a miniature sized warm growing epiphyte that is found low down on tree trunks with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, gray-green, with minute crystiline spots, obovate, obtuse, basally narrowing into a broad conduplicate petiolate base leaf and blooms fall, winter and spring on a very congested, successively many single flowered, racemose, to .6" [1.5 cm] long including the .28 to .4" [7 to 10 mm] long peduncle within the sulcus of the petiole, slender inflorescence with thin floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Platystele Vol 7 1990 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 27 #2 2010 photo fide;