Stelis hymenopetala Luer & Endara 2007 SECTION Stelis

Photo/Drawing by Senghas/Luer

Common Name The Thin Petaled Stelis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Imbabura province of Ecuador at elevations around 850 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowing below into the ill defined petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, congested, distichous, 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence and has infundibular, oblique, acute, as long as to shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying brownish purple flowers.

"Not many distinctive features, this caespitose orchid has elliptical-obovate leaves exceeded by the several flowers open simultaneously. The rounded sepals are coarsely pubescent within with the hairs thick and occasionally clavate. The transverse petals are thin, concave and three veined. The lip is transversely oblong, short and shallowly concave within the rounded apex." 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 Luer 2007

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

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