Platystele enervis Luer 1984 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Cool Cold LATE Winter THROUGHFall

Common Name or Meaning The Nerveless Platystele [refers to the nerveless sepals and petals]

Flower Size .06" [1.5 mm]

Found in Pichincha Ecuador in montane cloud forests at elevations around 1650 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base and blooms in the late winter through fall on a weak, loose, suberect, distichous, flexuous, filiform, 5.2" [13 cm] long including the .6 to 1.2" [1.5 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising laterally from high on the ramicaul with thin floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII 1990 drawing fide;