Stelis viamontis Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

EARLY

Common Name The Mountain Pass Stelis [refers to the pass in Loja where the species occurs]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, denselycaespitose epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, arising through a spathe from the apex of the ramicaul, sublax, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long including the 1.6 to .4 to .8 " [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous flowers with light green sepals and a purple central apparatus.

"Characterized by small, elliptical, petiolate leaves that are about as long as the ramicauls and an erect raceme of nearly simultanoeus, small flowers. The sepals are ovate and obtuse, the dorsal being larger than the laterals. The petals are proprotionally small, broadly triangular and cellular papillose. The lip is transverse with a broadly rounded apex, a concave glenion and a round callus on the dorsum." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

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

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