Pleurothallis stelidilabia Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859

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

Common Name The Stelis-Like Lip Pleurothallis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of southern Ecuador at elevations around 2000 to 2450 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath below the middle 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, flat, thickly coriaceous, cordate-ovate, acute, deeply cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, arising and concealed by an erect to suberect , conduplicate spathe, a fascile, of successively single, few flowered inflorescence with an inflated, as long to just longer than the pedicel floral bract.

"Part of the P cardiostols/P lilijae complex but distinguished by the flat, thickly coriaceous, cordate leaves and a small, pale yellow, non-resupinate flower with the uppermost synsepal deeply concave and hood-like. The non-reflexed petals are acute and minutely verrucose. The thick, transverse lip is simiar to P cardiostola." Luer 2005

Synonyms Acronia stelidilabia (Luer) Luer 2005; Pleurothallis sculptilis Luer 1982; Zosterophyllanthos stelidilabius (Luer) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 5(2): 178. Luer 1979;

Selbyana 7: 122 Luer 1982 as P sculptis;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia stelidilabia

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia stelidilabia drawing fide

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