Platystele propinqua (Ames) Garay 1968 SUGENUS Platystele

Photos by Karremans, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Another Flower

Photo by Daniel Jimenez


Drawing by Carl Luer.

Full Shade CoolWinter SpringSummerFall

Common Name or Meaning The Closely Related Platystele

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceosu, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute, narrowly cuneate into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms at any time of the year on a erect, slender, .88 to 1.28" [2.2 to 3.7 cm] long including the .4 to 1" [1 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, loose, distichous, successively several flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and has thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Readily distinguished from P oxyglossa by the broader petals and larger lip." Luer 1990

Synonyms *Pleurothallis propinqua Ames 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Schedul. Orch. 6: 68-69. Ames 1923 as Pleurothallis propinqua; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide