Stelis memorialis Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Humboldtia

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Reminding Stelis [refers to its similarity to others in the section Humboldtia]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 950 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 2, erect, strict, subcongested, subsecund, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with tubular, obtuse, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous, purple, bilabiate flowers.

"Distinguished by the small habit with the flowers of the raceme overlapping and facing in 2 directions. The dorsal sepal is broadly ovate and the synsepal is shallowly concave. The petals are broadly semilunate. The lip is triangular with the dorsum sloping backward and downward. The margin of the bar is prominent as atrensverse ridge." 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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