Stelis tenuifolia Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

EARLY

Common Name The Slender Leafed Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas province of Ecuador at elevations around 750 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing, densely caespitose to ascending epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly linear-elliptical, acute, narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on 1 to 3, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, erect, slender, subdense, distichous, 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, much longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"Similar to S purpurea but characterized by the small habit with narrowly linear leaves .2" [5 mm] wide. A several-Flowered raceme of small flowers surpasses the leaves. The dorsal sepal s five veined; the petals are transversesly lunate and the lip is small, subtriangular and witha deep gleniion." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIVPleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Epibator Ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIVPleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Epibator Ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004 drawing fide;

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