Platystele pisifera ( Lindl. ) Luer 1977

Photo by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Inflorescence

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Pea Bearing Platystele [refers to the globular seed capsules]

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations of 2250 to 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriacceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the petiole and blooms in the spring and summer on an erect to suberect, 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long including the .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively several to many flowered, subcongested, strict, racemose inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and having oblique, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Closely allied with P acicularis from Ecuador and P stonyx from Colombia and simpatric with both and distinguished by the shorter, more or less crowded, non-gflexuous inflorescence and an ovate, acute, non-channeled lip. Florally P piscifera is more similar to the smaller P oxyglossa but P piscifera is distinguished by the larger, usually more robust habit, somewhat congested, non-flexuous raceme andf minutely ciliate sepals and petals." Luer 1990

Synonyms Humboldtia pisifera [Lindl] Kuntze 1891; Platystele hypsitera Luer & R.Escobar 1983; Platystele hypsiteros Luer & Escobar 1983; *Pleurothallis pisifera Lindley 1859;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983 as P hypsitera drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing good;

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