Platystele dodsonii Luer 1979

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

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

Full Shade coldLATE Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name Dodson's Platystele [American Botanist in Ecuador current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing densly caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3thin, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter, spring and summer on a weak, erect, peduncle filiform, .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, arising from low on the ramicaul, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, overall, loose, flexuous, distichous, successively several, several flowered inflorescence.

Similar to P oxyglossa but this one differs in the successively several, several flowered inflorescence with reddish-purple flowers. P oxyglossa has a successively single, several flowered inflorescence with light yellow green flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Lepanthopsis, Restrepiella, Restrpiopsis, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer & Hirtz 1991 pg 147 drawing fide; : Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide;