Platystele vetulus Luer & Hirtz 1990 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Little Old Man Platystele [refers to the long white hairs of the floral parts]

Flower Size .2 [5 mm]

Found in Pichincha Ecuadorat elevations around 2000 meters as mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the slender, long-petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an weak, suberect, loose, distichous to 6 [to 15 cm] long including the 1.2 [3 cm] long capillary peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul.

CAUTION The drawing is the type so it is absolutely correct but there are many photos out on the net of a species with this name that has an umbellate inflorescence like P umbellatum, it is not this species. This species has a flexuous, successively single, many flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide