Stelis coccidifera Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 84 Luer 2017

Common Name The Berrry Bearing Stelis [refers to the suborbicular callus on the dorsum of the lip]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 2 to 3, erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, erect, stout, congested, rachis 3.2 to 4.4" [8 to 11 cm] long, secund, simultaneously many, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, dilated, obtuse, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying dark purple flowers.

"This slender, caespitose species is distinguished by elliptical leaves accompanied by two or three, congested, more or less secund racemes of small dark purple flowers. The sepals are broadly ovate and three-veined, and the petals are transversely semilunate, thick and about as wide as a sepal. The smaller lip is a modified type A with a suborbicular calls on a sloping dorsum." Luer 2017

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 84 Luer 2017 Drawing fide

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