Stelis luteola Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Humboldtia

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Light Yellow Stelis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Pastaza province of Ecuador on the eastern slope of the Andes at elevations around 850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, shortly repent epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising through a spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul, congested, secund, to 3.2" [ to 8 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flower with light yellow-green sepals, purple petals and a purple lip.

"Charactereized by its large size and stout ramicauls produced from a stout, short, creeping rhizome. A long, loose, distichous, many flowered raceme surpasses the large, long-petiolate leaf. The dorsal sepal with revolute sides of the gaping flwoers is noticeably longer than the synsepal. The transverse petals are thin and broadly obtuse. The lip with a round apex is distinguished by a prominent, protuberant, minutely cleft bar, shallowly concave below and with a round callus on the dorsum." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Epibator Ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Epibator Ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004 drawing fide;

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