Platystele consobrina Luer 1990 SUBGENUS Platystele Photo by Raymond Gabaldon.

Another Plant Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids.

Common Name The Similar Platystele [refers to the similarities to P. misera]

Flower Size 5/16" [7 mm]

Found in Colombia in wet and humid premontane and montane forests at elevations of 1600 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths with a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, acute leaf that is cuneate towards the base and gives rise to an erect, subdense, 20" [50 cm] long including the 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered, elongating with time, racemose inflorescence with several of the many flowers produced simultaneously and all crowded into the apical portion.

It differs from the similar, Peruvian species, P. misera by having smaller, thinner, narrower, leaves with acute to subacute apices and longer petioles, as well as a longer inflorescence that can bloom at most any time of the year with larger flowers for up to a year or more before expiring.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Platystele Vol 7 1990 drawing fide; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing fide

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