Platystele myoxura Luer & Hirtz 1990 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

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


Common Name The Mouse-Tail Platystele [refers to the apex of the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Napo Ecuador at elevations around 1850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, ribberd, imbricating sheaths with a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-obovate, subacute leaf that is cuneate towards the petiole and blooms in the summer on a weak suberect, secund, filiform, 6" [15 cm] long including the .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long peduncle, distantly successively several flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with thin floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Platystele Vol 7 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide