Platystele jungermannioides (Schltr.) Garay 1974 Photo by Alvaro Salazar Ugalde and the Monteverde Orchid Garden Website

Plant and Flower Photo by Zully

Full ShadeHot Spring

Common Name The Jungermannia-Like Platystele [Jungermannia - Jungerman German Botanist 1600's]

Flower Size .1" [2.5mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama in lower cloud forests at elevations of 200 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature [said to be the smallest in the world, but recently new smaller species have been encountered in Ecuador by Lou Jost], hot growing epiphyte with ascending, rudimentary ramicauls enveloped basally by a single loose sheath and carrying a single apical, suberect, fleshy, elliptical, subacute, gradually becoming cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a .2" [5mm] long including the peduncle, loose, successively 2 to 3 flowered, racemose inflorescence.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis jungermannioides Schltr. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Icones Orchidacearum 1 Plate 85 Hagsater and Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;