Platystele jamboeensis Luer & Hirtz 1992

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

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

Cool EARLY Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Rio Jamboe Platystele

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador in wet montane forests at elevations around 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base and blooms in the early summer on an erect, loose, distichous, flexuous, filiform, 1.6" [3.5 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from lowe on the ramicaul.

"Distinguished by a combination of morphological charachters. Similar to Platystele stevensonii but differs in te sepals and petals that are broader and glabrous and the lip is larger and ovoid. The lip is similar to Platystele densiflora , Platystele gyroglossa and Platystele ovatilabia but all these species have a simultaneous flowered inflorescence and non-acuminate sepals and petals." Luer 1992


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide