Platystele lycopodioides Luer & Hirtz 1990Photo by Alexander Hirtz

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

Full Shade WarmLATE Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Moss-Like Platystele

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in El Oro province Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 950 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with ascending to erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2, thinsheaths and caryruing a single, erect to suberect, coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse to rounded, apiculate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, arising laterally from the ramicaul, peduncle filiform, rachis subcongested, .4 to .72" [1 to 1.8 cm] long overall, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with thin floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer & Hirtz 1990 drawing fide; : Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide;