Platystele stevensonii Luer 1977 TYPE drawing by Carl Luer and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Warm Cool

Common Name Stevenson's Platystele [American Orchid Enthusiast, Past president of the AOS and discoverer of species died 1994]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador at elevations of 950 to 1750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls envelopoed by 2 to 3, thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a lateral from the ramicaul, erect to suberect, peduncle to .8" [2 cm] long, filiform, loose, distichous, flexuous, 2 to 6" [5 t o15 cm] long overall, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with an oblique floral bract.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 drawing fide;