Stelis dimidiata Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Labiatae

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Half Sized Stelis [refers to the flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador at elevations around 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, arising through a sheath, congested, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, obtuse, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying brownish flowers.

"Distinguished by the broad, ovate leaves that are far surpassed by a many flowered raceme of tiny flowers. The sepals are fleshy and do not spread, the petals are broad and three veined and the type "B" lip contains a broad callus that protrudes anteriorly

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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