Platystele resimula Luer & Hirtz 1990

Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Cool Fall Winter

Common Name The The Upturned Nose Platystele [refers to the lip shape]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador and Cochle and Chiriqui province of Panama in wet cloud forests at elevations around 1000 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a filiform, erect, to 3.2" [8 cm] long including the filiform .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, distichous, distantly and successively several flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and has a thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Similar to P rhinocera with both having the similar, thick, obovoid lip with the upturned apex but distinguished by the larger flowers with long-attenuate sepals. The Panamanian specimens have microscopic cilia on the sepals and petals." LUer 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide