Stelis patens Karremans 2015 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name or Meaning The Gaping Stelis [refers to the flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago, Napo, Tungurahua and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 650 to 1700 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 close tublar sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect to suberect, peduncle 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, arising through an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, with an insignificant spathe, rachis 1.2 to 3.6" [3 to 9 cm] long, loose, successively 3 to 4, several flowered inflorescence with oblique, inflated, as long as the ovary floral bract and carrying flowers with transluscent purple, glabrous sepals, green, semilunate petals and a green lip.

Synonyms Stelis patens Luer & Hirtz 2002 Nom Illeg [2 holotypes]

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV Luer 2002 Drawing fide nom illegal [2 holotypes]; * Nomenclature notes in the Pleurothallidinae: Stelis Phytotaxa 203 (3): 292296 2015 Karremans

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