Stelis dissimulans Luer & Dodson 2007 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Differing Stelis [refers to its similarity to S biserrula]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations around 2300 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing, casespitose terrestrial with ascending, slender, prolific ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-ovate, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect to arching, distichous, 3.2 to 5.2" [8 to 13 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, densely mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, just longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying green flowers.

"The long prolific and scandent habit with racemes about as long as the narrow leaves is inseparable from the frequent and sympatric S biserrula. However the flowers of the later are bilabiate with a deeply concave synsepal, while the flowers of S dissimulans are widely spread with ovate sepals that are connate only at their bases. The obtusely pointed petals and lip of the 2 concepts are very similar. This finding places these 2 nearly identical taxa in two different SECTIONS, Humboldtia and Stelis" Luer 2007

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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