Stelis cajanumae Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Humboldtia

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower

Inflorescence

Photos by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

LATER

Common Name The Cajanuma Stelis [A mountanous area of Southern Ecuador]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipeand Loja provinces off southern Ecuador at elevations around 2750 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on 1 to 2, erect, lax, distichous, 3.2 to 4.4" [8 to 11 cm] long, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with infundibular, oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts.

"Characterized by a slender, densely caespitose habit with ramicauls about as long a as the long-petiolate, elliptical leaves. Two racemes about as long as the leaf are produced. The dorsal sepal reflexes above the base and the synsepal is deeply concave with a deeply protruding cavity posteriorly. Within the petals are unusually thick. The bar of the lip protrudes on either side of a shallow central sulcus." Luer 2004

CAUTION I am not happy with this determination so please use with caution

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007 as a comparison to S sparsiflora;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo ok

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