Stelis medinae Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name Medina's Stelis [Ecuadorian Co-Collector of species current]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations around 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, arising through a spathe below the apex of the ramicaul, strict, 2.8 to 3.6" [7 to 9 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying light green flowers.

"Recognized by the large habit, the slender, strict, sublax raceme of very small, light green flowers evenly spaced in 2 distinct rows. The sepals are convex with the dorsal sepal noticeably larger than the laterals that are connate only at the base. The central apparatus fits into a cavity formed by the bases of the sepals. The petals are thin and trnasverse and the tiny lip is thick with the apex rounded." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

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

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