Platystele londonoana Luer & R.Escobar 1990

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

Full Shade LATE Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name Londono's Platystele [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Colombia without locality and elevational data as a miniature sized epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 long, tubular sheaths and caryruing a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, loose, distichous, arising laterally from the ramicaul, peduncle capillary, 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long, 2" [5 cm] long overall, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

"Vegetatively this species is one of the tallest in the genus. The small, yellow flowers are borne successively in a several flowered raceme shorter thant the leaves. The sepals are simple and acute. Most distinctive is the thick and oblong, semiterete lip with a rounded apex." Luer 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide;