Stelis thamiostachya Luer & Endara 2007 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Crowded Spikes Stelis [refers to the multiple inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Azuay province of Ecuador at elevations around 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 4, loose, imbricating tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 6 to 8, crowded, arising through a broad, thin spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul, stout, erect, secund, to 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long including the .24 to .28" [6 to 7 mm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers that are cellular papillosewithin.

"Superficially resembles P floribunda in its stout ramicauls clothed by loose, imbricating sheaths and several congesed, simultaneouly flowered racemes shorter than the leaf. However, the sepals are thick and cellular-papillose within; the petals are proportionally small, three veines and with a thik, round m,argin and the shallow lip is subcuneate and concave anteriorly with a glenion." 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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