Stelis physoglossa Luer & F.Werner 2009 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

EARLY

Common Name The Inflated Tongue Stelis [refers to the deeply concave labellum]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 1750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, imbricating, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, dark olive green, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, distichous, subflexuous, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long including the 1.2" [3 cm] long, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying unknown colored flowers that are glabrous externally and long pubescent within.

"Similar to S cochlearis but differs inthe smaller habit and a subflexuous raceme of smaller flowers. The sepals are similarily long-pubescent within with the lateral sepals shallowly concave and directed forward. The tyoe "B" lip is sperical, widely gaping and deeply concave with thin margins." Luer 2009

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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