Platystele caudatisepala [C Schweinfurth] Garay 1974

Photo by Jean Marc Palandre and his Flickriver Photo Orchid Site

Another Flower from Junin Peru

Photo by Erica Abad de Moron

Full Shade Hot Cool LATERSummer EARLYWinter

Common Name The Long Tailed Sepal Platystele

Flower Size .3" [7.5 mm]

Found in Chiapas Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Peru in extremely wet montane cloud forests at elevations around 400 to 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer through early winter on a congested, to .72 to 1.32" [1.8 to 3.3 cm] long including the .4 to 1" [1 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single [6] flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul

An interesting note is that the dorsal sepal continues to elongate during its floracion and can get to almost 1/2" [1.25 cm] long.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis caudatisepala Schweinf. 1937

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list ,IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 plate 636 Hagsater & Soto Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo ok [tepals seem more like P brenneri but li pis too small]; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo ok;