Platystele calantha P.Ortiz 1978

Photo by Ramon de Bedout

Another Flower

Photo by Eric Hunt

Plant and Flower

Photo by Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz


Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Beautiful Flowered Platystele [refers to the large sized flower that you can actually see without magnification]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 500 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the indistinct petiole and blooms in the spring on an erect to suberect, 1" [2.5 cm] long including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, congested, successively several flowered, racmose inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and having oblique, shorter than the epdicel floral bracts.

"The simple sepals and petals are yellow-white, ovate and acute and the obovate, thickened li pis suffused with red at the base." Luer 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 12 No 2/3 1977/78 photo/drawing; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo good; A Compendium Of Miniature Orchid Species Vol 2 Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photos fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide