Stelis tarda Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Slow Stelis [refers to the slow succession of flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Sucumbios province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 3600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and another 1 to 2 sheaths below the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, subcongested, distichous, to 1.6 to 2.8" [4 to 7 cm] long including the .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, slowly successively 1 to 2, several flowered inflorecence with oblique, tubular, acute, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow, glabrous flowers.

"Distinguished by a several flowered raceme with one or ocasionally 2 flowers open simultaneously in slow succession while capsules are ripening below and buds continue to be formed above. FOr the SECTION Humboldtia the synsepal is shallowly concave; the transverse petals are thin and the round, apical margin of the lip is thin and concave. The bar is tall with a narrow glenion." 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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