Platystele examen-culicum Luer 1976

Photo by Duane McDowell and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia


Photo by Oliver Lenhard


Common Name The Mosquito Swarm Platystele [reference to the appearance of the many small flowers]

Flower Size 1/32" [3 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1500 to 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, eret, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-obovate, subbacute to obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the petiole and blooms in the spring on an erect to suberect, loose, distichous, flexuous, 2.4 to 6" [6 to 15 cm] long including the .6 to 1.2" [1.5 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively few to many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and having oblique floral bracts.

Synonyms Platystele culex Luer & R. Escobar 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Platystele Vol 7 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #11 2020 photo fide;