Platystele myoxura Luer & Hirtz 1990 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Type Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Mouse-Tail Platystele [refers to the apex of the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Napo Ecuador at elevations around 1850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, ribberd, imbricating sheaths with a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-obovate, subacute leaf that is cuneate towards the petiole and blooms in the summer on a weak suberect, secund, filiform, 6" [15 cm] long including the .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long peduncle, distantly successively several flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with thin floral bracts

CAUTION The photo is good in all rspects other than the apical mouse tail of the lip which is too short in the photo. The drawing is the type drawing so it is absolutely correct


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Platystele Vol 7 1990 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide