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


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;