Stelis janus Luer & Hirtz 2007SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer

EARLY

Common Name The Janus Stelis [Greek God with two opposing faces, refers to the flowers positioning]

Flower Size .2 [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obovate, rounded apically, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, strict, distichous, dense, 4" [10 cm] long including the 2" [5 cm] peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with broadly tubular, obtuse, shorter than teh ovary floral bracts and carrying rose-lavender colopred flowers.

"Characterized by an obovate leaf and a twice longer inflorescence witha tightly packed, double rowed raceme of opposite facing flowers.The individula flowers are not extraordinary with minutely papillosa, broadly ovate, obtuse, convex sepals, transversely luneate petals with a thickened margin and a short lip with a rounded margin." 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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