Stelis viridula Luer 1981 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Greenish Stelis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago and Pastaza provinces of Ecuador in montane forests at elevations around 1000 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, ribbed, thin tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer fall and winter on a suberect, arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, slightly flexuous, laxly, 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously 2 to 4, several flowered inflorescence with infundibular, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying pale green, shortly pubecent within flowers.

"Characterized by the narrrowly obovate leaves topped by the loosely fewflowersws capillary raceme of minute, green flowers. The similar sepals are ccovered by capitate hairs within, the petals are membraneous and the thick lip is transeversly ovate." Luer 1981

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 49: 240 Luer 1981;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz , A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinorum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009;

Icones Pleurothallidinorum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009

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