Stelis anthracina Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Humboldtia Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name The Coal Black Stelis

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 3300 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 1 to 2 short loose, tubular shetahs and another longer one above and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, subcongested, distichous, 3.6" long to 4.4" [9 to 11 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, inflated, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV A First Century Of New Species of Stelis of Ecuador Part One Luer 2002 drawing hmm; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing good;