Stelis azuayensis Luer 2009 SECTION Stelis

Photo by The Ecuagenera Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Azuay Stelis [refers to the province in Ecuador where the species is found]

Flower Size .24 [6 mm]

Found in Azuay province of Ecuador at elevations around 2500 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath 1 to 2 others that are shorter at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 3, arising through a spathe below the apex of the ramicaul, erect, congested, 4 to 6 [10 to 15 cm] long including the 1.2 to 2 [3 to 5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneous many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"Similar to S esmeraldae but differs in the one to three, much longer, congestede racemes with large floral bracts. The petals are only a trifle larger than the lip while S esmeraldae has petals three times larger. The lips are very similar." Luer 2009

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009 ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009 drawing good;

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