Stelis glossulicles Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Humboldtia

Plant and flowers in situ Ecuador

Photos by Andreas Kay and his Ecuador Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Stelis Glossula Like Stelis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia and Imbabura province of Ecuador at elevaions around 1350 to 2200 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others above the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, strict, 4.8" [12 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long the peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying imbricating, two ranked, purple flowers.

"Closey related to S glossula but distinguished by a slender habit with narrowly elliptical leaves, often with 2 simultaneous racemes of small flowers exceeding them. The sepals are more or less convex with the laterals held together as a synsepal. The petals are transversely ovate and the lip is subquadrate, shallowly concave anteriorly with the apex broadly obtuse. A small glenion is present on the base and a small, rounded callus is present on the dorsum." Luer 2007

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia 2007 ;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia 2007 drawing fide;

Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide

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