Stelis jimburae Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Stelis

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Jimbura Stelis [A town in Zamora Chinchipe province of Ecuador]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2800 to 3050 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, relatively stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath on the middle third and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 2 to 4, erect, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, arising through a slender spathe .48" [1.2 cm] long, with an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, rachis 1.2 to 3.6" [3 to 9 cm] long, congested, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, dilated, acute, longer than the ovary floral bract and carrying flowers with brown externally, greenish brown and cellular within sepals, brown transversely ovate petals and a brown obliquely subquadrate lip.

"The species is distinguished by the few racemes of relatively large flowers are about as long as the elliptrical, petiolate base leaf. The synsepal is deeply connate into a broad, non-concave, bifid synsepal,The petals are thick and broad. The lip is concave above the rounded apex." Luer 2002

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide;

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