Stelis inflata Luer 2007 SECTION Humboldtia

Type Drawing Photo/Drawing by Duque and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Inflated Stelis [refers to the synsepal]

Flower Size .12 [3 mm]

Found in Cotopaxi province of Ecuador at elevations around 2425 meters as a miniature sized [each plantlet], cold growing, prolific epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped below the middle by a tubular sheath and 1 other at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 2, erect,congested, distichous, 4.4 to 5.2" [11 to 13 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, acute, as long as to longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"Two simultaneous, congested racemes, longer than the leaf, have been produces twice. The flowers are small with the dorsal sepal broadly ovate and concave with the synsepal transversey inflated. The petals are thickly margines and the lip is transverse with the bar protuberant." 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 IV Luer 2007

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

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