Platystele muscicola Luer & Hirtz 1990

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


Common Name The Moss Loving Platystele

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas province of Ecuador at elevations of 750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths with a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-obovate, obtuse to rounded leaf that is cuneate towards the petiole and blooms in the early summer on a erect, loose, filiform, subflexuous, .6" [1.5 cm] long including the 4" [1 cm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"The flowers of P musicola are distinctive with the ovate, pubescent sepals and petals and the rigidly protruding, long-pubescent lip with revolute sides." Luer 1990


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