Stelis triplex Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Triple Stelis [refers to the three similar sepals]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago and Azuay provinces of Ecuador at elevations of 2400 to 3300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obovate, acute to round, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the in the winter on an erect, arising through a slender spathe, loose below congested above, racemose, 12" [to 30 cm] long including the 4" [10 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, inflated, oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous flowers with white sepals that are suffused with purple basally and a purple centrala apparatus..

"Characetrized by a long, simultaneously many flowered raceme of small flowes with narrow, triangulr sepals similar in size and shape; the petals are rounded and single veined and the lip is obtuse and shallowly concave with a glenion extending over the bar from the base to near the tip." 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 2007drawing fide

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