Stelis dalessandroi Luer 2002 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name or Meaning Dalessandro's Stelis [Ecuadorian collector of the type species]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender to stout ramicauls enveloped a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, through a spathe .4" [1 cm] long, with an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, rachis 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm] long, congested, distichous, , simultaneously many, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bract.

"The species is similar to S breviracemawith an acute elliptical, petiolate leaf amd a densely flowered raceme about half as long. The sepals are obtuse, the petals transversly ovate, and the lip is thickly subquadrate. Vegetatively this species differs from S breviracema by its wider leaves . They also differ in the lips S dalesanndroi is deeper from the base to the bar. This distance is illustrated as short in S breviracema and the width of the lip of both species appears the same. S dalesanndroi has a flat horizontal lip beneath the column, S breviracema has a verticle lip." Luer 2002

Synonyms

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

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