Stelis pedanocaulon Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Humboldtia

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Short Stemmed Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1200 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another above the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, arising through a spathe from near the apex of the ramicaul, subcongested, distichous, to 10" [to 25 cm] long including the 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, revolute margins, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying bilabiate, microscopically pubescent, purple black flowers.

"Similar to S purpurea but is readily distinguished by the very short ramicauls, about a fourth as long as the large obovate leaf that they bear. The flowers are purple black with white on the interior of the synsepal. The dorsal sepal is convex while the synsepal is ovate and concave. The central apparatus is proportionally small with thick petals overlapping over the column. The lip is transverse and broadly rounded with a narrow glenion and with three obscue callion the dorsum." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Epibator Ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Epibator Ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004 drawing fide;

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