Stelis dolichantha Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Long Flowered Stelis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an arching, suberect, arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, sublax, subflexuous, to 14" [35 cm] long including the 2" [5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, oblique, acute, just shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers with the sepals being purple with a yellow edge.

"This vegetatively small species is characterized by an exceedingly long, sublaxly flowered raceme, in habit similar to S elongatisima and S longissima as well as several other small species with racemes that elongate over time. The sepals are glabrous, broadly ovate and three nerved, the petals are thickly transverse with a broadly rounded, flat, sharp margin and a broad flat margined transverse callus and the margin of the lip is also broad and flat." 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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