Platystele obtecta Luer 1994 Drawing by Carl Luer The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Covered Platystele [refers to the inflorescence which just barely arises above the basal sheaths]

Flower Size 1/10" [2mm]

Found in the Guanacaste coast of Costa Rica in primary forests at elevations around 600 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect, short, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, ribbed, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, rounded apically, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a congested, .08" [2 mm] long including the peduncle, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and has thin floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Systematics of Lepanthes subgenus Brachycladium and Pleurothallis subgen Aenigma, subgen Elongata, Subgen Kraenzlinnella Luer 1994 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;