Platystele compacta Ames 1922 SUBGENUS Platystele Photo by J & L Orchids and their J & L Orchid Website

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Common Name or Meaning The Compact Platystele [Refers to the congested inflorescence]

Flower Size 1/5" [5mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia in wet montane forestsat elevations of 350 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate to linear, subacute leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the subpetiolate base and blooms on a gradually elongating, erect, slender, 4" [10 cm] long, densely many successively flowered, racemose inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with thin floral bracts and is a cluster of tiny yellowish, simultaneous flowers occuring over a long period. Distinguished from others by the rather narrow linear-oblanceolate leaves, greenish-yellow spreading flowers and an inflorescence that extends longer than the length of the leaves.

Synonyms Platystele bulbinella Schlechter 1910; Pleurothallis compacta [Ames] Ames & Schweinf. 1930; *Stelis compacta Ames 1908

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P bulbinella; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 102. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as P bulbinella; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Pleurothallis compacta; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1077 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Platystele Vol 7 1990 drawing fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo ok; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide;

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