Stelis acuminata Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Acuminate Stelis [refers to the sepals]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Azuay province of Ecuador at elevations around 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls with a tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an apical, erect, slender, strict, congested, subsecund, 4.8" [12 cm] long including the 1.6 to 2.4 [4 to 6 cm] long peduncle, simultaneous, many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has infundibular, acuminate; much longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"Related to Stelis aprica and Stelis schomburgkia but distinguished from them all by the fleshy sepals that are ovate and slightly but distinctly acuminate at the apex. The petals are broadly oblong and three veined. The lip is subquadrate with an obtuse apex and a thick bar with a relatively large glenion." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthers and three allied genera A seconde century of Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2004

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthers and three allied genera A seconde century of Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2004drawing fide;

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