Platylepis occulta (Thouars) Rchb.f. 1876

Plant in situ Reunion

Photo by © François Vandeschricke and The Orchidees de Reunion Website

Type Drawing

Drawing by © Thouars and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Deep shadeWarmCoolWinter andSumemr

Common Name The Hidden Platylepis

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion and the Seychelles in humid montane forests at elevations of 1000 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying 2, ovate, acuminate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the winter and summer on an erect, densely many flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Erporkis bracteata Kuntze 1891; Erporkis cryptorpis Thouars 1894; *Goodyera occulta Thouars 1822; Hetaeria occulta (Thouars) Lindl. 1838; Notiophrys occulta (Thouars) Lindl. 1857; Orchiodes occultum (Thouars) Kuntze 1891;Platylepis goodyeroides A.Rich. 1828

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Goodyera occulta drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Orchids of Madagascar, Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb and Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide;