Stelis tumida Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Swollen Stelis [refers to the anterior of the callus]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Colombia, Pastaza province of Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another near the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the long-petiolate, slender base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, arising from the apex of the ramicaul, congested, distichous, 4.8" [to 12 cm] long including the to 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous flowers with gray sepals suffused with purple and a urple central apparatus.

"Characterized by the small long-petioalte leaves that are shorter than the ramicauls, all surpassed by a slender, distichous raceme. The small sepals are transversely ovate and obtuse; the petals are semilunate and cellular-gladular and the lip is semidiscoid wit a long pubescent callus on the dorsum and an ovaid callus neat the margin of the bar where a glenion would be expected to be." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of the Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2004

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera A Second Century of the Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2004 drawing fide

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