Platystele umbellata P. Ortiz 1978 SUBGENUS Platystele Photo by Jay Pfahl.

Another Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz.

Part shade WarmCoolWinterSpring

Common Name The Umbellate Platystele [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size 1/32" [2mm]

Found in Colombia at elevations of 600 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-spathulate, rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a very congested, umbellate, simultaneously 5 to 9 flowered, .44 to .64" [1.1 to 1.6 cm] long including the .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, racemose inflorescence arising from above the middle of the ramicaul and has loose, imbricating, oblique floral bracts..

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 12 No 2/3 1977/8 photo/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Platystele Vol 7 1990 drawing fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as Platystele sp #353 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as P sp [353] drawing good/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008 photo fide; Orquideeologia Vol 26 No 1 2009 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; A Compendium Of Miniature Orchid Species Vol 2 Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photo fide?;