Stelis dactyloptera Rchb. f. 1878 SECTION Humboldtia Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Finger-Like Wing Stelis [refers to the fingerlike projections of the petals]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, [3.2 to 3.6" [8 to 9 cm] long, racemose, few flowered inflroescence with triangular floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;