Platystele sylvestrei Karremans & Bogarín 2014

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Karremans

Part shade Hot Winter Spring Summer

Common Name The El Sylvestre Platystele ["The Uncultivted" Original Farm Name of Lankester Botanical Garden]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in mature humid premontane forest at elevations of 1410 to 1650 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped by tubular, imbricating, slightly compressed, brownish and papery with age, membraneous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly obovate-elliptic, conduplicate, obtuse, emarginate, narrowing below into the conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and again in the fall on a racemose, distichous, peduncle 2.8" [7 cm] long, 4.8" [12 cm] long ovarall, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with acute, conduplicate, just shorter to as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Platystele sylvestrei probably belongs to the P. oxyglossa species complex, however, it has a relatively large habit, reaching above 4" [10 cm] when including the inflorescence. The species can be easily recognized by the lax inflorescence, the long pedicels, the whitish transparent, autogamous/cleistogamous flowers and the narrow, glabrous flower segments, with a narrowly ovate-lanceolate lip." Bogarin & Karremans 2014


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lankesteriana 12[3]: 268 Karremans and Bogarin 2014 photo/drawing fide;