Stelis trichoglottis Luer & Dodson 2007 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Hairy Trachea Stelis [refers to the interior of the Flowers]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador at elevations around 3100 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 imbricating others towards the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising through a narrow spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, congested, distichous, to 3.6 to 4.4" [9 to 11 cm] long including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with tubular, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying bright yellow flowers.

"Characterized by an oblong leaf that is slightly surpassed by the raceme of tiney, round flowers that barely open. Within the sepals are densely villous; the petals are proportionally small and the lip is sharply apiculate. Similar to S lanata but differs in the densely caespitose habot with oblong leaves instead od loosely ascending with narrowly elliptica leaves. The floral bracts are short and inconspicuous instead of being large and conspicuous. The petals are proportionally small without a transverse callus. The lip is sharply apiculate. The stigmatic processes project beyond the petals instead of being enclosed within the petals." 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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