Stelis bermejoensis Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Bermejo Stelis [Oil Fields in Ecuador where the species occurs]

Flower Size .24 [6 mm]

Found in lowland eastern Napo province of Ecuador at elevations around 850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheathand 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute, narrolwy cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, subflexuous, 4 to 6.8 [10 to 17 cm] long including the 2.4 to 2.8 [6 to 7 cm] long peduncle, distant, successively several flowered inflorescence with 1 to 2 flowers open at any one time, arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute, shorter tha the ovary floral bracts.

"Characterized by ramicauls and elliptical leaves about equal in length. The long distantly flowered raceme bears 1 to 2 flowers successively. The sepals are glabrous and transversely ovate with the outer veins branching to create five for the dorsal sepals and 4 for the laterals. The petals are transverse with a broadly thickened margin. The lip is thick with a microscopic apiculum on the round apex." Luer 2004

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 & Hirtz 2004

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

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