Stelis apiculifera Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Stelis

Type drawingPhoto/Drawing by S Manning/Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

EARLY

Common Name The Apiculum Bearing Stelis [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .04 [1 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 950 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the earl summer on an erect, distichous, subcongested, 1.2 to 2.2 [3 to 5.5 cm] long including the .8 to 1 [2 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneous few flowered inflorescence from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 drawing not = S guianensis - do not use; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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