Stelis fabulosa Luer & Endara 2004 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Fabulous Stelis

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador at elevations around 2700 to 2900 meters as a small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls with a long, loose, tubular sheath enveloping the middle third and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse to subacute, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on an erect, arising through a spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul, distichous, subdensely, 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long including the 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with tubular, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow to yellow-brown flowers.

"Similar to S tridactylon but producing in two opposite facing ranks of three pronged flow on a long raceme. The narrowly oblong lateral sepals of large flowers are expanded 180 degrees. They are only slightly more deeply connate to the dorsal sepal than to each other." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Epibator Ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Epibator Ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004 drawing fide

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