Platystele edmundoi Pabst 1964

Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista and Maria Rita Cabral and the Orchidstudium website


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

Hot to WarmSpring

Common Name Edmund's Platystele [Edmundo Pereira Brazilian Discoverer of Species]

Flower Size .16" [4mm]

Found in Para' state of Brazil in low mountains on the edge of the Amazon basin as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apcial, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-obovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, subdense, 1.2" to 4" [3 to 10 cm] long including the slender, .8 to 2" [2 to 5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously opening, many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with thin, inflated floral bracts.

"Numerous, tiny green flowers are produced simultaneously on a slender, slightly crowded inflorescence. The floral parts are basically very simple without a distinguishing peature. P edmundoi is similar to P viridis but the floral parts of the latter are twice the dimensions and the lip is provided with a large, conspiculus glenion. P edmondoi is most similar to P schmidtchenii but the sepals and petals of the later are acute and acuminate." Luer 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide;