Platystele risaraldae Luer & R.Escobar 1994

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Risaralda Platystele [A department of Colombia where the species occurs]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in the department of Risaralda Colombia at elevations around 1950 meters as mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an loose, to 1.8" [4.5 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.

"This species, characterized by a minute raceme of a few simultaneous flowers, is superficially similar to P. schmidtchenii, but P. risaraldae is considerably smaller in habit and size of the flowers. The sepals and petals are proportionately broader. The lip is fleshy and elliptical with the base convex and protruding beyond the truncate base." Luer 1994


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Systematics of Lepanthes Subgenus Brachycladium and Pleurothallis Subgenus Aenigma, Subgenus Elongata and Subgenus Kranzlinella Luer 1994 Drawing fide;