Stelis clusaris Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Closing Easily Stelis [Refers to flowers]

Flower Size .12 [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 850 to 1300 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped mostly by a loose, tubular sheath and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on 1 to 2, erect, congested, secund, 6 to 8 [15 to 20 cm] long including the .6 to 1.2 [1.5 to 3 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below ther apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, oblique, acute, imbricating from below the middle floral bracts.

The flowers of this species if disturbed will close up temporarily.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide;

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