Stelis tricula Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Humboldtia

Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE

Common Name The Little Trifle Stelis [refers to the plant size]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Napo and Pastaza provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 750 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 ribbed, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and late spring on an erect, arising from below the apex of the ramicaul, distantly, to .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying rose colored flowes with a darker rose colored lip.

"Superficually similar to S buccela but distinguished by a plain slightly concave surface of the liup below the transverse, truncate bar, behind which the short dorsum is deflexed without a callus> The sepals are broad and margined with the laterals antrorse, simulating a concave synsepal. The petals are semi-lunate and three veined." 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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