Platystele reflexa Luer 1981 SUGENUS Platystele

Leaf and flowers

Photos by S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Back-Bent Platystele [refers to the sepals and petals]

Flower Size 3/16" [5 mm]

A cloud forest, cool growing, small, caespitose epiphyte found at an elevation of 1300 to 1650 meters in Ecuador with a n erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 short, ribbrd imbricating sheaths with a single apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, epetiolate, narrowly ovoid, semiterete to fusiform, acute leaf that blooms on an erect, slender, .92 to 1" [2.3 to 2.5 cm] long incl, racemose, successively many flowered inflorescence with hyaline bracts and only one or two flowers at a time held at mid leaf length occuring in the spring.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Platystele Vol 7 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #1 2020 photo fide