Stelis coleata Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl

Common Name The Sheathed Stelis [Refers to the ramicauls]

Flower Size .24 [6 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas province of Ecuador at elevations around 800 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 large, loose sheaths and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, strict, distichous, 4.4 [11 cm] long including the 1.2 [3 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying pale orange flowers.

"Characterized by the narrrowly ovate leaves with ramicauls clothed by conspicuous, loose sheaths . The raceme, about as long as the leaf, is crowded and sdistichous with relatively large, pale orange flowers. The sepals are broadly obtuse with the laterals held forward simulating a split synsepal. The petals are broad-margined and single veined. The bar of he lip is tall centrally ad cleft into a deep glenion." Luer 2007

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

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

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