Platythelys maculata (Hook.) Garay 1977

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Takato NATSU from Japan and his Japan Orchids Page

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Common Name The Spotted Platythelys [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size .15" [4mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, French Guyana, Surinam, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 200 to 1450 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with an erect, cane-like stem carrying green, lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, acute, spotted white, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, sessile, 1.6 to 2.5" [4 to 6.25 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Aspidogyne maculata (Hook.) Meneguzzo 2012; Erythrodes maculata (Hook.) Ames 1922; *Physurus maculatus Hook. 1862

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Physurus maculatus drawing fide; Studies in the family Orchidaceae Vol VII Ames 1922 as Erythrodes maculata; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Plantetarum Tropicarum Plate 207 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 as Erythrodes maculata drawing fide; Manual De Plants De Costa Rica Vol III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as Erythrodes maculata; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018