Platystele portillae Luer 2002

Side view Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Common Name or Meaning Portilla's Platystelle [Ecuadorian collector of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by a close, thin, tubular sheath and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a loose, flexuous, 2" [5 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from a node below the abcission layer


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2002 drawing fide in Addenda; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide;