Stelis encephalota Luer & Hirtz 2004 SUBGENUS Nexipous Duque 2008 Photos by Lourens Grobler

Full shadeWarmWinter

Common Name The Brain-Like Stelis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a small to medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramcauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and another in the middle third and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, 4.8" [12 cm] long, subdensely many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 drawing fide