Stelis polybotrya Lindl.1859 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

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Common Name The Many Racemes Stelis

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia, Pichincha, Carchi Sucumbios, Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador, Cajamarca department of Peru and Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations around 1800 to 3400 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growingdensely ascending-caespiotse epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect , coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring, summer and fall on 3 to 10, rarely to 20, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, erect, congested, distichous, .8 to 3.2" [2 to 8 cm] long without a peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"Closely related to S hylophila with longer, fewer racemes and the still smaller S braccata and has narrow leaves and a shallower lip with the cavity ocupyiong a larger portion, leaving the base with less area at the base.

Synonyms Stelis myriantha Schltr. 1920;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Fol. Orchid. 8: 4 Lindley 1859;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 90 Schlechter 1920 as S myriantha nom. illeg.

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2009

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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