Stelis cyathiformis Luer & Hirtz 2004 SUBGENUS Stelis Duque 2008 Photo by Patricia Harding

Type Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Cup Shaped Stelis [refers to the cup shaped lip]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly-linear-elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, 6" [15 cm] long, subcongested, distichous, many flowered inflorescence arising through an annulus from below the apex of the ramicaul, and oblique, broadly infundibular floral bracts with most of the color variable flowers open at once.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide