Stelis espinosae Luer & Endara 2009 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Espinosa's Stelis [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast and Collecotr of species current]

Flower Size .14" [4 mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador at elevations around 3100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls with a loose, tubular sheath from below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ellitpical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising through a spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul, congested, subflexuous, 1.2" [3 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

" Characterized by the small habit with a crowded inflorescence shorter than the elliptical leaves. The ovate sepals are not remarkable except for 5 veins in the dorsal sepal and 3 veins in the lateral sepals. The petals are similar in many others in the genus with a thickened, rounded margin, trnsverse callus and three veins The type "A" lip is concave anteriorly with an obtuse apex and a bar with a deep glenion." uer 2009.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lep[anthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Paasrt IV Luer 2009

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lep[anthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009 Drawing fide

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