Stelis undecimi Luer & F.Werner 2009 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Eleven Stelis [refers to the nerves of the dorsal sepal]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2050 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a large, loose tubular sheath above the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, conduplicate toward the sessile base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, arising through a spathe from the base of the leaf, stout, congested, secund, 14.8 to 17.6" [25 cm] long including the 4" [12 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with broad, tubular, as long as to shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying dark purple, glabrous externally, diffusely cellu;lar-glandular within, overlapping flowers.

"Similar to and possibly a variation of S pachyphyta varying in larger flowers with sepals bearing twice as many veins. The ramicauls are stout; the leaves are rigidly and thickly coriaceous; the leaves are conduplicate at the sessile bae; the peduncle is stout witha multiflowered raceme beyond the leaf. Instead of 5 veins, eleven veins are present in the dorsal sepal and nine on each of the laterals. The petals and lips are similar." Luer 2009

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador part IV Luer 2009

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador part IV Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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