Platystele megaloglossa C.A.Luer & R.Escobar R. 1986

Photo by Steve Johnson.

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Giant Lipped Platystele

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte in forests at elevations around 2050 meters with short, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf and blooms in the spring on a weak, suberect, loose, flexuous, distichous, successively many flowered, racemose, to 5.2" [to 13 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, inflorescence that arises laterally from the ramicaul and has thin, oblique floral bracts .

"Distinguished by the concave sepals with subulate apices and a comparitively large, semiterete, narrowly ovate lip as long as or longer than the sepals." Luer 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 16 #3 1986 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide;