Platystele rauhii Luer 1987

Plant and flowers Photos by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Rauh's Platystele [German Botanist and discoverer of species later 1900's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in the department of Libertad Peru at elevations around 2800 meters as mini-miniature sized, cold growing lithophyte with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, short, ribbed, imbricate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, semi-terete to fusiform, narrowly ovoid, acute, narrowing below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall on an loose, flexuous, subdistichous, , to 4" [10 cm] long including the erect, slender 1.2" [3 cm] long peduncle, successively 2 to 3 at once, many flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with oblique floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide