Stelis petiolata Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Petiolate Stelis [refers to the leaf stem]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1850 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, subacute, cuneate below into the long-petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, strict, sublax, subsecund 4 to 7.2" [10 to 18 cm] long including the 2.4" [6 cm] long, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying light green, glabrous externally, cellular-pubescent within flowers.

"Characterized bythe elliptical, long petiolate leaf far surpassed by a strict, crowded ,many flowered raceme. The ovate sepals are connate basally into a cup with the laterals directed forward. The central apparatus is proportionally large, The petals are thin and concave. The lip is ovoid with a round apex and a thick bar that is pubescent on the dorsum." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

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

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