Stelis conduplicata Luer, Thoerle & F.Werner 2011 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Conduplicate Stelis [refers to the folded leaf]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, ribbed, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, thin, narrowly oblong, conduplicate subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a single, erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node on the ramicaul below the abscission layer, peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, rachis erect, 1.8" [4.5 cm] long, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with microscopically pusticular sepals and a glabrous central apparatus.

"Remarkable for its condulicate, narrow leaves that are borne by relatively stout ramicauls enveloped by tubular sheaths. A many flowered raceme emerges from a slender spathe a short distance below the ascission layer which is concealed by the ppermost sheath. Except for their small size the flowers are not remarkable, obtuse, three veined sepals, single veined petals and a common type "A" lip." Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 16 No 2: 350 Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011 drawing fide;