Platystele hampshireae Luer 1998 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Cool LATE Winter andSpring

Common Name or Meaning Hampshire's Platystele [American Orchid enthusiast and Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Chiriqui Panama in wet montane forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped by a thin tubular sheath and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse leaf that is cuneate below into the subpetiolate base and blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, loose, distichous, flexuous, capillary 1" [2.5 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with thin floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI 1998 drawing fide;