Stelis vesca Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing of S aliquantula

TYPE Drawing of S orbiculata

TYPE Drawings by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

LATE

Common Name The Little Stelis

Flower Size

Found in Morona-Santiago and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 1650 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, subflexuous, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long including the .4 to .6 " [1 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, loosely successively 2, few flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, just shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying microscopically within, purple flowers with the apices of the sepals yellow.

"Superficially similar to S guianensis but differs in the small, caespitose habit with elliptical leaves surpassed by a loose raceme of small, purple flowers. The sepals are glabrous and suborbicular, the petals are three veined and trhe lip is shallowly concave anteriorly with the margins entire." Luer 2002

Synonyms Stelis aliquantula Luer & Hirtz 2007; Stelis orbiculata Luer & Endara 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as S aliquantula

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as S aliquantula drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007as S orbiculata

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as S orbiculata drawing fide

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