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Common Name The Oak Living Platythelys - The Jug Orchid

Flower Size less than 1/4" [less than 55 mm]

Found as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing, terrestrial, rhizomatous plant in Florida, Louisiana, Mexico, Belize, Giatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Leeward, Trinidad & Tobago, the Windwards, Venezuela and Peru in cloud forest in deep shade at elevations of 400 to 1650 meters with erect, green stems enveloped by with 3 to 5 spirally arranged, elliptic-ovate to lanceolate, basally clasping leaves with a distinct petiole that blooms at any time of the year on an erect, terminal, to 4" [to 10 cm] long, racemose, many, successively flowered inflorescence subtended by an attenuate bract.

Synonyms Anoectochilus querceticola (Lindl.) Veitch ex R.Hogg 1862; Aspidogyne mayoriana (Kraenzl.) Meneguzzo 2012; Aspidogyne querceticola (Lindl.) Meneguzzo 2012; Erythrodes mayoriana (Kraenzl.) Ames 1922; Erythrodes querceticola (Lindl.) Ames 1915; Erythrodes sagrana (A.Rich.) León 1946; Erythrodes trinitatis Ames 1922; Goodyera quercicola Chapm. 1860; Microchilus querceticolus (Lindl.) D.Dietr. 1852; Orchiodes quercilobum Kuntze 1891; Physurus mayorianus Kraenzl. 1913; *Physurus querceticola Lindl. 1840; Physurus sagranus A. Rich. 1850; Platythelys mayoriana (Kraenzl.) Garay 1977; Platythelys sagrana (A.Rich.) Garay 1977

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Physurus sagaraenus; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Physurus querceticola; Studies in the family Orchidaceae Vol VII Ames 1922 as Erythrodes mayoriana; Studies in the family Orchidaceae Vol VII Ames 1922 as Erythrodes triniatus; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 13. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Physurus vaginatus; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 as Erythrodes querticola; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as Erythrodes querceticola drawing good; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960 as Erythrodes trinitatis; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 as Erythrodes querticola; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 as Erythrodes querceticola drawing fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as Erythrodes querceticola drawing/photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1080 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1081 Dodson 1984 as Platythelys vaginata drawing ok; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Playthelys vaginata; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1221 Hamer 1985 as Erythrodes vaginata drawing hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1533 Atwood 1993 as Erythrodes vaginata; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000 drawing hmm;

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