Stelis dirigens Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name or Meaning The Making Straight Stelis [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in Pinchincha province of Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold, scandent growing epiphyte with erect, ascending, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4 sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, 7.2 to 12" [18 to 30 cm] long overall, sublax, distichous, slightly flexuous, successively 2 to 3, many flowered inflorescence carrying flowers with purple, glabrous externally, pubescent within sepals, green petals and a green subquadrate lip.

"The species is similar to S vulcanica with the round margin of the lip is abruptly notched with a central apiculum. The ramicauls ascend beside a stout erect rhizome. The raceme is elongate, subflexuous, loosely and successively flowering to far exceed the leaf. The sepasl are pubescent within, five veined and broadly ovate with recurved margins." Luer 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV Luer 2002 Drawing fide