Stelis milagrensis Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Plan de Milagro Stelis [a community in southeastern Ecuador]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-minature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 sheaths lower down and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, strict, congested, to 5.2" [13 cm] long including the 2" [5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with lavender externally and olive within sepals and a green central apparatus.

"Characterized by the elliptical leaves that are considerably longer than the short ramicauls clad in loose sheaths and exceeded by a congested many flowered raceme. The sepals are round and expanded and more or less overlap. The petals, lip and column are similar to the larger S jamesonii. The lip is round and shallow with a superficial glenion extending down the front of the bar from a densely pubescent zone at the base. In addition the margin of the lip is minutely apiculate." 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 2007drawing fide

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