Platystele napintzae Luer & Hirtz 1992 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 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 floral bracts


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