Stelis debilis Luer 1981 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Weak Stelis

Flower Size .8" [2 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 1200 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, repent epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul lax, distichous, slightly flexuous, 1.6" [4 cm] long, including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, successively 1 to 2, few flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"Ths small, repent species is characterized by the slender rhizome, ramicauls less than .6" [1.5 cm] long, petiolate leaves less than 1" [2.5 cm] long, and a twice longer. lax, few flowered raceme. The three veined sepals are obtuse, the petals are thickly subacute and three veined and the type "A" lip with a thick, obtuse apex is about as long as deep." Luer 2009

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 49: 227 Luer 1981;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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