Platystele schneideri P.Ortíz 1979

Photo by © Esteban Dominguez Vargas and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower?

Photo courtesy of Oliver Lenhard


Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Schneider's Platystele [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast 20th cen]

Flower Size .12" [.3 cm]

Found in Colombia on the central and eastern cordilleras at elevations of 1800 to 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute leaf that is cuneate into the petiole and blooms in the summer on a subdense, flexuous, distichous, 2.4" [6 cm] long, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence with 2 to 3 flowers open at a time and thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts

"Closely allied to P microtantha but distinguished by the longer, looser inflorescence and a lip witha basal callus as broad as or broader than the blade of he lip." Luer 1990


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 14 No 1 Ortiz 1979 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide