Stelis calolemma Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Pretty Bracted Stelis [refers to the conspicuous floral bracts]

Flower Size .28 [7 mm]

Found in Morona Santiago province of Ecuador without locational data as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, lax, flexuous, 6.4 [16 cm] long including the 2.4 [6 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several to many flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with acute, oblique floral bracts.

" S somnolenta is a medium-sized, slender, caespitose species and is related to Stelis calolemma Luer & Hirtz, but S somnolenta is distinguished by antrorse sepals that begin to expand beyond a short sepaline tube. Smaller flowers are bourne by very short peduncles hidden within proportionately large floral bracts, The lip is deeply concave below a deeply cleft bar. On the smooth, inner surface of the cavity a pair of thin, diverging lines descend from the cleft, giving the impression of a physical structure in two-dimensional photographs." Luer 2013


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide;Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 173 to 196 2013 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer & Lisa Thoerle