Stelis flagellaris Luer & Hirtz 2009 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Flagellate Stelis [refers to the long whip like raceme]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Imbabura province of Ecuador at elevations of 1200 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath above the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 2, arising from an annulus near the apex of the ramicaul, erect, congested, distichous, 7.2 to 10" [18 to 25 cm] long including the .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, inflated, oblique, obtuse, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with purple sepals, yellow petals and a yellow lip.

Characterized by the narrowly elliptical, petiolate leaves, very slender, somewhat longer ramicauls and much longer, densely many flowered racemes produced one or two simultaneously from a .4" [1 cm] long spathe. The sepals re broad but with the sides revolute, the petals are thick and three veines and the lip is type"A", transversely oblong and short." 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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