Stelis celsa Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

EARLY

Common Name The Tall Stelis [refers to the habit]

Flower Size .24 [6 mm]

Found in Azuay province of Ecuador at elevations around 2800 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath near the middle and 1 to 2 others above the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on 2, erect, congested, secund, 9.2 to 13.2 [23 to 33 cm] long including the 2.4 to 3.6 [6 to 9 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul with tubular, obtuse, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Vegetatively this species is distinct with long ramicauls that are longer than the elliptical leaves. Two long strict, congested, secunda racemes bear nemerous flowers simultaneously. The sepals are broadly ovate and obtuse, they are membraneous, not fleshy as in S lindenii. The petals are simply transverse and three veined. The lip is a common type A witha single doral callus." Luer 2007

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

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

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