Stelis coralloides Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Labiatae

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Coral Like Stelis [refers to the branching coral-like parts on the floral parts and leaves]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Morona Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, narrowing gradually below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, peduncle 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, through a small spathe .12' [3 mm] long, from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, rachis 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] long, loose, mostly successively several flowered inflorescence with infundibular, oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying light green flowers with glabrous sepals, thin, obovate, shallowly concave petals and an ovate, narrowly obtuse lip.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 Drawing fide

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