Stelis mammillata Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Mammilian Stelis [refers to the bitumerous callus of the lip]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador at elevations around 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, fasciculate ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath in the middle third and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 2, erect, strict, densely congested, 4 to 5.2" [10 to 13 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus from below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers with the sepals being purple externally and gray-purple within.

"Distinguished by a densely caespitose habit of slender ramicauls that are longer than the elliptic leaves, a strict, very dense, simultaneously mant flowered raceme of small, purple flowers, broadly obtuse sepals, flabellate petals with a thickened matrgin and a trnaseverse, obtuse lip with a rounded callus on the dorsum flanked by a pair of mammillate calli on the margin of the bar." Luer 2007

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007 drawing fide

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