Stelis decurva Luer 2004 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Down Turned Stelis [refers to the flowers]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador at elevations around 3350 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and another 1 to 2 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to acute, cuneate below into the indistinctly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, sublax, distichous, 2.4 to 3.6" [6 to 9 cm] long, including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively several, many flowered inflorescence from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers with a brown lip.

"Characterized by a densely caespitose habit, narrowly elliptical leaves longer than the ramicauls and a successively flowered, distichous, raceme. The pedicels are short and deep within the floral bract. The ovary curves abruptly so that all flowers face downward. The sepals are ovate and pubescent, the petals are cuneate and single veined and the lip is oblong and concave above the middle and thickly callous below the middle." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Epibator Ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Epibator Ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004 drawing fide;

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