Platystele orchestris P.Ortiz 1979

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Dancer Platystele [An allusion to the appearance of the flower]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Choco department of Colombia at lower elevations as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 thin, imbricating sheaths with a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, subacute to obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate towards the petiole and blooms in the winter on an erect, congested, slender, 2" [8 mm] long including the .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the rose colored flowers, relatively large for the tiny habit of the plant, borne successively ina few flwoered inflorescence about as long as the leaf, long-pointed, ciliated sepals, the laterals crossing each other near the middle, falcate, cilaite, decurved petals and a small, red, ovate and acute lip." Luer 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 14(1): 20 Ortiz 1979 Photo/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide;