Stelis propagans Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Propagating Stelis [refers to the prolific habit]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Bolivar Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a small sized, prolific, cool to cold growing, scandent epiphyte with erect, stout, prolific ramicauls enveloped by an evanescent, tubular sheath near the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, distichous, dense, to 4.8 to 6.4" [12 to 16 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous, bilabiate flowers with a yellow dorsal sepal and yellow green lateral sepals and a purple central apparatus.

"Similar vegetatively to S bicornis but the crowded, distichous, many flowred racemes exceeds the leaves, the dorsal sepal is longer than the synsepal which is concave an with a deep mentum.; the petals are semilunate witha thickened margin and the blody of the lip is shallowly subquadrate with a short, acute, triangular apex." 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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