Platystele misera (Lindl.) Garay 1967

Photo by La Canopee


Common Name The Insignificant Platystele

Flower Size 3/16" [4 mm]

Found in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador at elevations of 1800 to 2900 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with a stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths with a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-obovate, obtuse to rounded leaf that is cuneate towards the petiole and blooms on a filamentous, erect, 5 to 6" [12 to 14 cm] long including the 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long peduncle,, several flowered inflorescence that is at least twice and not much more than twice the length of the leaves, flowers open successively and can occur at any time of the year.

Synonyms Humboldtia misera (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia misera (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; *Pleurothallis misera Lindl. 1859;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Platystele Vol 7 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #10 2019 photo fide;