Platystele kayi (Thoerle & Cornejo) Bogarín & Karremans 2018

Photo by Kevin Holcomb and Flickr Orchid Photo WebsiteWebsite

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Lisa Thoerle and Harvard Papers in Botany 21(2):247-250Lepanthopsis kayi (Pleurothallidinae, Orchidaceae), a New Species from Eastern Ecuador 2016


Common Name Kay's Platystele [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast and photographer Died 2019]

Flower Size ..04" [1 mm]

Found in Pataza province of Ecuador e in wet secondary forest at elevations aroud 650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epipyte with erect to horizontal ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 sheaths with thickened ribs and ostia and carrying a single apical, erect to horizontal, coriaceous, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a suberect to horizontal, emerging from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long, provided witha bract in the middle, rachis very congested, in 2 opposing ranks, .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, simultaneously many to 40 flowered inflorescence with as long as to just shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Lepanthopsis kayi Thoerle & Cornejo 2016

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 247 Thoerle & Cornejo 2016 as Lepanthopsis kayii drawing fide;