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

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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;

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