Stelis creodantha Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Fleshy Flowered Stelis

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2300 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath at the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly ovate, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, arising through a spathe with an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, strict, distichous, to 4.8" [to 12 cm] long, including including the peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

" Similar to Stelis depauperata but distinguished by a densely caespitose habit with narrowly ovate leaves borne by slightly longer ramicauls. The many flowered raceme of yellow flowers is nearly twice as long. The sepals are thick, shortly pubescent and convex above the middle. The lip is type "A" with the dorsal callus three lobed." Luer 2007

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007;

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

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