Stelis yanganensis Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

type drawing of S similis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Yangana Stelis [A town in southern Ecuador]

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2450 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, arising through an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, subcongested, subflexuous, .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long including the .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively several, many flowered, racemose inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and has several dull whitish to dull purplish flowers that open simulataneously.

"Distinguished by the elliptical leaves about as long as the ramicauls. The many flowered, crowded raceme exceeds the leaf with ramicauls about twice in length. The sepals are broadly ovate and obtuse, about.08" [2 mm] long, the petals are triangular as laong as wide, with the apex thick and narrowly obtuse and the lip is subtriangular with a shallow glenion and a small, round callus on the dorsum." Luer 2002

Synonyms Stelis similis Luer & Hirtz 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing ok;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2007 as S similis

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2007 as S similis drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing

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