Stelis latimarginata Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

EARLY

Common Name The Broad Margined Stelis [refers to the lip margin]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 1650 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphtye with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by a loose tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a solitary, arising through a spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul, erect, strict, stout, congested, distichous, 8.8" [22 cm] long including the 3.2" [8 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence with broadly infundibular, dilated, acute, as long as to shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

" Related to S triplicata but vegetatively distinct by the broadly elliptical, thick, purple leaves with much shorter ramicauls. The large bracted raceme far exceeds the leaf. The lip is most unusual witha broadly rounded apex with a broad margin extending nearly all the way to the edge of the featureless bar. The dorsum is short, but broad, concave and without a callus." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Pleurothallis subenus Acianthera A Second Century of the Stelis of Ecuador Epibator, Ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Pleurothallis subenus Acianthera A Second Century of the Stelis of Ecuador Epibator, Ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004 drawing fide;

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