Platystele dalstroemii Luer 1992 Drawing by Dressler and The Epidendra Website

Full Shade Cold LATERSummer

Common Name Dalstroem's Platystele [Swedish Orchid Enthusiast, Illustrator and discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Carchi Ecuador in wet forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the in the summer on an erect, subdense, slender, .72 to .92" [1.8 to 2.8 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, successively 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and has thin floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Plastystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide