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 provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 850 to 1300 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing, shortly repent 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, arising from an annulus below ther apex of the ramicaul, 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 with infundibular, oblique, acute, imbricating from below the middle, much longer than the ovary floral bracts carrying flower with yellow green fleshy sepals.

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

"Closely related to S lindenii but is distinguished by the ramicaul distinctly shorter than the narrowly obovate, subsessile leaves and racemes that flower from near the base. The crowded, secund racemes of the 2 species with small, sensitve flowers are exremely similar. The sepals are 3 veined instead of 5 veined as in S lindenii." 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 2004

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis Subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Epibator, Ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004 drawing good;

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