Stelis valladolidensis Luer & D'Aless. 2009 SECTION Humboldtia

Drawing by Carl Luer

EARLY

Common Name The Rio Valladolid Stelis

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 1700 to 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-oblong, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul, congested, distichous, 2.8 to 4" [7 to 10 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow green flowers with the sepals suffused with purple towards the base.

"Similar to S nutans but distinguished by a crowded raceme of small flowers that is slightly shorter than the narrowly oblong leaves. The erect dorsal sepal is oblong, the antrorse lateral sepals are falcate-ovate; the petals are transversely ovate without a transverse callus and the apex of the lip triangular and deeply concave below a transverse bar." 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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