Stelis gentryi Luer & Dodson 2004 SECTION Labiatae

Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name Gentry's Stelis [American Orchid Enthusiast and Collector of species later 1900's - early 2000's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador in scrub forests at elevations around 3100 meters as a small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose ascending epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a short tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, subacute to acute, narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on 2 to 6, arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, erect to suberect, congested, distichous, 1.6 to 2.8" [4 to 7 cm] long including the .32 to .6" [.8 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaenously many flowered inflorescence with broadly tubular, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

"Allied to S schomburgkiii but distinguished by the several, congested racemes that are much shorter than the leaves. The flowers of the two species are very similar bu S gentryi has sepals with long-pubescence. The lip is oblong with the truncate apex sharply apiculate." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

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

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