Stelis mucrouncata Dod 1986 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Donald Dod

Full shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Mucronate Stelis [the mucron of the leaf has a hook that has the apex perpendicular to the leaf blade]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in the Dominican Republic on trees in broadleaved forests at elevations around 1000 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with more or less slightly curved, thin ramicauls enveloped by 2, narrow, acute, glabrous, free sheaths and carrying a single, apical, more or less erect, fleshy, oblong-subspatulate, subrounded apically, margin entire, slightly mucronate, narrowly cuneate into the thin, long-attenuate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 5, erect, thin, arising through a basal spathe, 2" [5 cm] long, loosely flowered almost to the base, successively to 10 flowered inflorescence with ochreous, acute, almost as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying minute, straw white, flowers.

"Vegetatively very similar to S pusilla in being tightly creeping, but the flowers are very different. S pusilla has lateral sepals that ae wider, almost orbicular and the three sepals are in the same plane. The flower of S mucrouncata is very similar to S repens but it has the lip forming an angle with the lobes and the plant has an obvious rhizome with the leaves and ramicauls very short. S mucrouncata has short ramicauls but without a rhizome. as it is tightly creeping." Dod 1986


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Moscosoa 4: 164 Dod 1986 drawing fide;