Platystele hirtzii Luer 1979

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Inflorescence

Photo by Rudy Bachmann and Slogarden"s Web Page

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Hirtz' Platystele [German Engineer and Orchid Collector late 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador in mist forests at elevations of 2000 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying asingle, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ellioptic-obovate, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a weak, suberect, arising laterally from the ramicaula, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, rachis, racemose, to 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, distantly and successively single, few flowered inflorescence and has thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts. References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #1 2015 photo fide; Platystele finleyae, Pleurothallidinae, A New Species From Northwesten Ecuador Monteros, Restrepo and Baquero 2022 photo fide

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