Platystele gaileana Luer & Endara 2004 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Cold LATE Winter andSpring

Common Name or Meaning Gail's Platystele [American Orchid enthusiast current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Imbabura Ecuador in wet montane forests at elevations around 2445 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped by a thin tubular sheath and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that is narrowed below into the petiolate base and blooms in the late winter and early spring on a loose, distichous, flexuous, 2.8" [7 cm] long including the 1.2" [ 3 cm] long peduncle, successively 1 to 2, 6 to 8 flowered, racemose inflorescence arising laterally from high on the ramicaul with acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI 2004 drawing fide;