Platystele ovatilabia (Ames & C. Schweinf.) Garay 1974 SUGENUS Platystele Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website


Common Name The Ovate Lip Platystele

Flower Size 1/8" [2.5 mm]

This miniature sized, caespitose, warm to cool growing epiphytic species is found in cloud forests at elevations of 900 to 1300 meters from Mexico to Panama with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths with a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the indistinct petiole that blooms on an erect, slender, 2.2 to 2.4" [5.5 to 6 cm] long including the 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long peduncle, racemose, successively many flowered inflorescence with hyaline bracts and 4 to 5 simuiltaneously opening flowers that are held well above the leaves and occur in the spring and summer.

CAUTION I am not happy with this determination as the lip shows a circle at the base instead of a line. Please use with caution.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis ovatilabia Ames & C. Schweinf. 1930

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Pleurothallis ovatilabia; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Plastystele Luer 1990 drawing has a circle instead of a line on the lip base good otherwise; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 637 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing has a circle instead of a line on the lip base good otherwise; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;