Stelis coracina Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Crow Black Stelis [refers to the flower color]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 2900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, strict, distichous, to 2 [to 5 cm] long including the peduncle, densely mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with broadly infundibular, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple black flowers.

"Characterized by the narrowly elliptical, long-petiolatae leaves and an inflorescence with a tightly packed, double rowed raceme of opposite facing flwoers. The dark purple-black flowers are not extraordianry with obtuse seplas, transversely lunate petals with a transverse callus amd a short concave lip with a round margin, a glenion and a dorsal callus." Luer 2007

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

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

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