Platystele delhierroi Luer & Hirtz 1991 TYPE drawing by Carl Luer and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full Shade coldLATE Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name Delhierro's Platystele [Ecuadorian Orchid Collector and discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador at elevations around 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramiocauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carryinjg a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate belo into the petioalte base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a lateral erect, loose, flexuous, distichous, peduncle to 2.4" [6 cm] long, rachis to 1.2" [4 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with a thin floral bract and carrying yellow orange flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Lepanthopsis, Restrepiella, Restrpiopsis, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer & Hirtz 1991 pg 147 drawing fide; :