Stelis flava Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name or Meaning The Yellow Stelis [refers to the flowers]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador at elevations around 1300 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the long petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, peduncle 2.8" [7 cm] long, arising through a spathe .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, rachis 6.8" [17 cm] long, loose, distichous, simultaneously many, progressively many flowered inflorescence with tubular, oblique, longer than the pedicel floral bract and carrying flowers with yellow sepals, yellow petals and a yellow lip.

"This species is similar to S titanica but is is vegetatively larger and comes from much higher elevations." Luer 2009


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