Platystele schmidtchenii Schltr. 1924 SUBGENUS Platystele

Plant and Inflorescence

Inflorescence Photo by Oliver Lenhard

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Common Name Schmidtchen's Platystele [German Discoverer of Species late 19th cen]

Flower Size 1/4" [6 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations of 1000 to 2400 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing, miniature epiphyte with ereect, slender, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the petiole and blooms on a strict, subdense, distichous, simultaneously many flowered, 3 1/4" to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long including the erect, slender, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long peduncle, racemose inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and having loose, oblique floral bracts.

Synonyms Platystele escobariana Garay 1971

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:166 Schlechter 1924; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 0273 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing maybe; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Platystele Vol 7 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo hmm; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo not; A Compendium Of Miniature Orchid Species Vol 2 Parsons & Gerritson 2013 photo hmm;

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