Stelis buccella Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Humboldtia

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Very Tiny Morsel Stelis [refers to the tiny flower]

Flower Size .08 [2 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations of 800 to 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a ribbed tubular sheath and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an, erect, lax, .08 to 1 [2 to 2.5 cm] long including the .4 to .6 [1 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously few flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"One of the smallest of the SECTION Humboldtia is characterized by the very small clump of narrow leaves somewhat surpassed by a few flowered raceme of tiny flowers. The dorsal sepal is three veined, the lateral sepals are connate to near their tips into a broadly ovate, concave, bifid synsepal, the transverse petals are thin and three veined and the minute lip is obtuse with a round callus on th dorsum." Luer 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004;

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