Stelis brevissimicaudata Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Very Short Tailed Stelis [refers to the apices of the sepals]

Flower Size .08 [2 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador without locational data as a mini-miniature sized, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 close tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, subacute, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an, erect, arising through a spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul, lax, secund, 2.2 [5.5 cm] long including the .4 [1 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowers open at any one time, several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, just shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the slender ramicauls and petiolate, ellitpical leaves soon exceeded by a secund, successively flowered raceme. Usually a few flowers are open with copious capsules following. The sepals are fleshy with obtuse apices contracted into short, tail-like apicula. The simple single veined petals and lip are among the smallest of the genus." Luer 2007

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007 drawing fide

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