Stelis intonsa Luer & Endara 2004SECTION Stelis TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Unshaven Stelis [refers to the pubescence on the column]

Flower Size .2 [5 mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador at elevations around 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and 1 other at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on 2 to 3, erect, somewhat arching above the middle, subcongested, 2.4 to 3.6" [6 to 9 cm] long including the 1.6" [4 cm] peduncle, simultaneously few, several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe and has infundibular, oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying dark brownish purple flowers.

"The 2 or 3 flowered racemes are borne by equally long peduncle. The ovate sepals are connate basally into a shallow cup. The transverse petals are thick, minutelypubescent and three veined. The lip is rounded with a densely short pubescence surroundeng a large, flat, glabrous glenion, whiole the dorsum is long-villous. The apical porption of the column is shortly pubescent." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2004

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2004 drawing fide;

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