Platystele lawessonii Luer 1994 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Hot LATE SummerEARLYFall

Common Name or Meaning Lawesson's Platystele [American Discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Napo Ecuador in tropical rainforests at elevations around 260 to 350 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect coriaceous, narrowly oblanceoalte, subacute to obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the long-petiolate base and blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, subcongested, subsecund, filiform, 1 to 1.48" [2.5 to 3.7 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with thin floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI 1994 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photos fide