Platystele psix Luer & Hirtz 1992

TYPE Drawing Photo by Alexander Hirtz and TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and the Epidendra Webpage

Deep shade Hot cool Spring

Common Name The Little Bit Platystele

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 450 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, broadly elliptic, subacute, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in spring on an erect, loose, disitichous, slender, .8 to .84" [2 to 2.1 cm] long including the .32 to .36" [8 to 9 mm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with thin, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Similar to P oxyglossa but distinguished by the minute habit and smaller flowers with the sepals and petals cellular ciliate and cellular-pubescent. It is also similar to P taylorii but the lip of P psix is only half the size of the sepals instead of larger." Luer 1992


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 347 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide