Platystele napintzae Luer & Hirtz 1992

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


Common Name The Napintza Platystele [A town in Ecuador where the species was discovered]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths with a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, suborbicular to broadly elliptic, obtuse to rounded leaf that is cuneate towards the short petiole and blooms in the later fall on an erect, loose, flexuous, distichous, slender, 2" [5 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, successively 3 to 4, several flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to Platystele stevensonii but differs in the small, suborbicular leaves, several flowers produced simultaneously instead of singly, minutely ciliate, sparsely pubescent sepals and an ovoid lip, wider below the middle instead of wider above the middle." Luer 1992


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992 drawing fide;