Platystele speckmaieri Luer & Sijm 2010

Photo by © Peter Weish and The Bilder aus dem Regenwald der Österreicher in Costa Rica Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer \


Common Name Speckmaier’s Platystele [German Orchid Enthusiast and cultivator of species current]

Flower Size .4” [1 cm]

Found in El Valle de Anton province of Panama at elevations below 700 meters as mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a suberect to arching, loose, flexuous, distichous, to 2.8” [7 cm] long including the 2.4" [6 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence with a few distant bracts arising from low on the ramicaul.

"With the exceedingly long, extremely thin, attenuated sepals, this minute, caespitos speceies is distinguished from all others in the genus. Only the dorsal sepal of the tiny, repent Platystele johnstonii is also long-attenuate. Except all three attenuated sepals P speckmaieri is most similar to a small vegetative variation of Platystele oxyglossa ." Luer 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide;