Stelis crinita Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Hairy Stelis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 3300 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a short, tubular sheath just below the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, ovate, acute, abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 2 to 3, erect, arising through a spathe with an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, strict, distichous, 2.8 to 4" [7 to 10 cm] long, including the 1.2" [3 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously, densely many flowered inflorescence and oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying light yellow colored flowers.

"Characterized by long, slender ramicauls with a proportionally short, tubular sheath just below the middle. The leaves are ovate, rounded at the base and more or less equaled in length by two or three densely small flowered racemes. The sepals are loosely long-pubescent within. The lip is type "B" with a large glenion with the dorsum densely short-pubescent." Luer 2007

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

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

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