Stelis ionantha Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Violet Colored Flower Stelis [refers to the flower color]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 1850 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, narrowly elliptical, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on 1 to 2, arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2" [5 cm] long, rachis 4 to 4.4" [10 to 11 cm] long, erect, congested, distichous, mostly simultaneously, many flowered flowered inflorescence with oblique, obtuse, shorter than to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple, glabrous flowers.

"This small species is distinguished by narrowly elliptical leaves with the inflorescence twice as long. The raceme is erect and crowded with evenly spaced, purple flowers. The sepals are broadly to transversely ovate, obtuse and threeveined. The petals are three-veined below a thick, transverse carina. The lip is type A." Luer & Escobar 2016

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 77 Luer & R Escobar 2016 drawing fide

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