Stelis discophylla Luer & Hirtz 2009 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Francisco Tobar and his Flickr Ecuador Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Subcircular Leaf Stelis [refers to the leaf shape]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Imbabura province of Ecuador at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose to shortly repent epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, .6" [1.5 cm] long including the .32" [8 mm] long peduncle, congested, distichous, simultaneously 2 to 3, several flowered inflorescence with broadly infundibular, oblique, obtuse, as long as the ovary floral bracts.

"Distinct because of the nearly round, more or less overlapping leaves bourne by a stout ramicauls that are borne by an even stouter rhiaome. The small flower are borne ina short, congested raceme. The sepals are obtuse and long-pubescent within, the petals are thin and single veined and the lip is broadly rouned and shallowly concave." Luer 2009

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* 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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