Platystele microtatantha (Schltr.) Garay 1967 SUBGENUS Platystele

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Daniel Jimenez

Full ShadeWarm to Cool Winter to EARLYSpring

Common Name The Small Flowered Platystele

Flower Size 1/8" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 1400 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly-elliptical-obovate, subacute, narrowly cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and early spring on a erect, slender, .8" [2 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, distichous, flexuous, subdense, successively several to many flowered, racemose inflorescence with only 1 to 2 flowers open at any one time arising from low on the ramicaul, and has thin floral bracts.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis microtatantha Schltr. 1907; Pleurothallis perparva Standl. & L.O.Williamms 1953

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1378 Atwood 1989 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum---VII. Systematics of Platystele (Orchidaceae) Luer 1990 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Orchid Digest Vol 63 #3 1999 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 10 2003 photo; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide