Platystele cornejoi Luer 2010

Photos by Xavier Cornejo and Platystele apoloae (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae), a new species from Southwestern Ecuador

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name or Meaning Cornejo's Platystele [Ecuadorian Collector of Species Current]

Flower Size .8" [2 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas province of Ecuador in mangrove forests at elevations of sealevel to 10 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the sub-petiolate base and blooms in the summer and fall on 1 to 2, loose, subflexuous, capillary, 1.6" [4 cm] long including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Related to both P ovalifolia from which it is distinguished by the caepitose habit and P ovatilabia from which it is distinguished by the minute size." Luer 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide ;