Stelis molaui Luer & Endara 2007 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by

LATE EARLY

Common Name Molau's Stelis [Danish Orchid Enthusiast and Co-Collector of species current]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Pichincha Ecuador at elevations around 2200 meters as a small sized, cold growing, ascending-caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath above the middle and another 2 to 3 imbricating sheaths near the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on 3 to 5, arising through a spathe near the apex of the ramicaul, erect, congested, distichous, 5.2 to 6" [13 to 15 cm] long including the .4 to 1.2" [1 to 3 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, just shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying pale yellow flowers.

Distinguished by several, long, slender, many flowered racemes amd sepals densely pubescent within. Resembles S mononeura but easily distinguished by thin, narrowly trnasverse, three veined petals and an orbicular lip." 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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