Stelis macrolemma Luer & Endara 2004 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Large Bract Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador at elevations of 2000 to 2800 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, loose, distichous, 4 to 7.2" [10 to 18 cm] long including the .8 to 2" [2 to 5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence with dilated, oblique, acute, just shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"Characterized by the stout ramicausl mwith long, loose sheaths adn a loosely flowered raceme with huguh floral bracts within which the flowers nestle. The broadly ovate sepals and the three veined petals are not unusual. The lip is concave with a rounded apex and a shelf-like bar that is deeply recessed centrally." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

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

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