Stelis glanduligera Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Gland Bearing Stelis [refers to the cellular-glandular sepals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Azuay and Carchi provinces of Ecuador in scrub forests at elevations around 2800 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, subacute to acute, narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect to flexuous, sublax, 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaenously several flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute, as longa s the ovary floral bracts and carrying rose colored flowers withthe central apparatus darker rose colored.

"Characerized by a caespitose habit and thick narrowly elliptical leaves that are more or less equalled by a loose, few flowered raceme of very small flowers. The sepals are ovate and minutely cellular-glandular withi. The petals are thick, spathulate and single-veined and the lip is oblong, concave above the bar and minutely pubescent above the base." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

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

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