Stelis kentii Luer 2009 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Kent's Stelis [American Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Tungurahua province of Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, lax, 4.8 to 6" [12 to 15 cm] long including the 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a minute spathe within a cauline sheath with infundibular, oblique, acute, just shorter to just longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers of an unknown color.

"Know only from a single cultivated plant and only a ramicaul and leaf were preserved. The ramicaul appears to be cut off near or at the base of a short ramicaul. The only leaf is elliptical and acute and about three times longer than the ramicaul. Two racemes were preserved, one stilla ttached to the ramicaul. The racemes are loosely flowered with relatively large floral bracts and with a peduncle as long as the leaf. The sepals are round and glabvrous, the petals are thin, trnaverse, concave and faintly three veined. The rounded lip is a modification odf type "C" with an acute apiculum." Luer 2009

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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