Platystele crotaloglossa Archila & Chiron 2015

Photos by Fredy Archila and Richardiana 15: 285 2015

Full Shade Cool LATE Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Rattlesnake Tongue Platystele

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Alta Verapaz department of Guatemala at elevations around 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls carrrying a single, apical, erect, orbicular-elliptic, tridentate, gradually narrowing into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, .48" [1.2 cm] long, shorter to a bit longer than the leaf, successively single, 3 to 6 flowered inflorescence.

"Similar to P enervis but easily separated by a much smaller plant, no ramicauls, shorter leaves, a shorter inflorescence, lateral sepals


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Richardiana 15: 285 Archila & Chiron 2015 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018