Platystele decouxii Baquero & G.Verkovitch 2019

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Baquero

Full Shade Cool Spring

Common Name Decoux’s Platystele [José DeCoux, Ecuadorian creator and heroic guardian of Los Cedros Reserve, who has dedicated most of his life to conservation of Ecuadorian cloud forests current]

Flower Size .2” [5 mm]

Found in Imbabura province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, very short, terete ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, spatulate elongated, retuse apex, petiolate base base leaf that blooms in the spring on a weak, suberect, loose, distichous, flexuous, peduncle slender 1.2” [30 mm] long, arising from the ramicaul, 2” [5 cm] long overall, solitary to successively several-flowered inflorescence.

”Similar to Platystele pubescens, P. ximenae, and P. adelphe from which it all differs on the cordate lip with involute margins with a heart-shaped depression in the disc versus, the transversely ovate-cordate lip with a disc slightly channeled in P. pubescens, the transversely cordate lip with a transverse bilobed, cellular-glandular callus in the disc in P. ximenae and a transversely cordate lip with a slightly concave, featureless disc in P. adelphe.” Baquero and Verkovitch 2019


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * LANKESTERIANA 19(1): 7. Baquero & Verkovitch 2019. drawing/photo fide; Platystele finleyae, Pleurothallidinae, A New Species From Northwesten Ecuador Monteros, Restrepo and Baquero 2022 photo fide