Stelis teaguei Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Humboldtia

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Teague's Stelis [American Orchid Enthusiast and Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 2750 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another 1 to 2 basal sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 3, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, erect, subcongested, distichous, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, tubular, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple, glabrous flowers with the lateral sepals transluscent with purple veins .

"Distinguished by a several flowered raceme with one, ocasioanlly 2 flowers open

This species is related to the even larger flowered S maxima, but vegetatively has smaller, long-petiolate leaves that are not surpassed by the racemes. The synsepal is transversely concave with a broad mentum below the central apparaatus." 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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