Platystele jungermannioides (Schltr.) Garay 1974

Photo by Alvaro Salazar Ugalde and the Monteverde Orchid Garden Website

Plant and Flower

Photo by Edgar Mo Mo


Drawing by Carl Luer

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 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.

A very small species reputed at the time to be the smallest in the world, but recently new smaller species have been encountered in Ecuador by Lou Jost. Grows into a thick, moss-like mat in cultivation.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis jungermannioides Schltr. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 11(4/8): 42-43. 1912; 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; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide