Platystele calantha P.Ortiz 1978 SUBGENUS Platystele Photo by Ramon de Bedout

Another Flower Photo by Eric Hunt

Plant and Flower Photo by Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing TYPE by Padre Pedro Ortiz


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

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 800 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 floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 12 No 2/3 1977/78 photo/drawing; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Platystele Vol 7 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;