Platystele oxyglossa (Schltr.) Garay 1974 SUBGENUS Platystele

Inflorescence Photos by Walter Schug and His MesoAmerican Orchid Page

Another Flower Photos by Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Pointed Lip Playstele

Flower Size 1/8" [3.5 mm]

Found from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Costa Rica, venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil in tropical rainforests, mountain rainforests and elfin forests at elevations of 2 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with very short, terete ramicauls enveloped basally by a single, transparent, tubular sheath and carrying a elliptic to obovate, coriaceous, fleshy, acute to obtuse leaf that is apically tridentate and gradually narrowing below into the cuneate petiole and blooms on a weak, suberect, loose, more or less flexuous, distichous, 1.6" [4 cm] long including the filiform, .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, succesively flowering [to 2 at a time], several [to 10] flowered inflorescence arising from the ramicaul with a tubular bract and below the middle and has thin floral bracts.

Synonyms Platystele brasiliensis Brade 1951; Platystele lancilabris var. oxyglossa (Schltr.) Schltr. ?; Pleurothallis lancilabris var. oxyglossa (Schlechter) C. Schweinf. 1938; Platystele pygmaea (Hoehne) Pabst 1956; Platystele schulzeana (Schltr.) Garay 1974; *Pleurothallis oxyglossa Schltr. 1912; Pleurothallis pygmaea Hoehne 1933; Pleurothallis schulzeana Schltr. 1918;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 110. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as P schultzeana; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 as P lancilabris var oxyglossa drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brazilienses Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as P brasiliensis drawings fide; Orchidaceae Brazilienses Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as P pygmaea drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as P lancilabris drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Platystele Vol 7 1990 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 86 Hagsater and Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo close; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing good; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; The Organ Mountain Range, its History and its Orchids Miller, Warren Seehawer 2008 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide