Stelis venosa Luer & Endara 2004 SECTION Humboldtia

Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay

EARLY

Common Name The Veined Stelis [refers to the sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Canar province of Ecuador at elevations around 2600 to 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheathabove the middle and 2 to 3 othersat the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, subcongested, distichous, 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long including the 2.4 " [6 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying green, glabrous flowers suffused with purple.

" A large flowered version of S patinaria with many and branching sepals and semiconnate lateral sepals that are concave below the middle. THe huge sixae of the multiveined sepal as well as the concave, semiconnate synsepal indicate the separation from S patinaria." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

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

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