Stelis brachyrachis Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cold EARLY Fall

Common Name The Short Rachis Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular sheaths with another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early fall on an erect slightly flexuous, distichous, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence with inflated, acute, oblique much longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"Characterized by short ramicauls, twice longer, elliptical leaves and a slightly shorter, loosely few flowered raceme. The floral bracts are large and conspicuous, the much shorter peduncle bears flowers over the margin. The sepals are broadly ovate and ciliate, the petals are wide and thin and the lip is concave within the rounded apical margin." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

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

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