Stelis misera Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Wretched Stelis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender, fasciculate ramicauls enveloped by 2 tight, tubular sheaths and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 2, erect, congested, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous externally and pubescent within flowers with purple sepals and a light gren central apparatus.

"Characterized by a small, densely caespitose habit of slender ramicauls that are longer than the narrowly elliptical leaves, one or two congested, secund, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence of minute flowers, obtuse sepals that do not spread, flabellate petals with a thickened margin and a minutely oblong-ovoid lip with a rounded callus at the bottom." 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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