Stelis tanythrix Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Stelis TYPEDrawing by Carl Luer

EARLY

Common Name The Long-Hairy Stelis

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, arising through a rudimentary spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, strict, sublax, distichous, to 8" [to 20 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorecence with oblique, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with purple, externally glabrous, internally long-villous and a green central apparatus.

"Related to S argentata but differs in the small, densely caespitose habit; the densely long villous sepals; the single veined petals and a lip without a marginal apiculum." Luer 2007

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007 drawing fide;

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