Stelis floresii Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Stelis

Type drawing of S limonensis

TYPE Drawings by Carl Luer


Common Name or Meaning Flores' Stelis [Ecuadorian co-collector of the type current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 2400 to 3200 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls with 2 loose tubular sheaths and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and fall on an erect, peduncle 2 to 8" [3 to 4cm] long, arising from an annulus below the the apex of the ramicaul, rachis 2 to 3.6" [5 to 9 cm] long, subcongested, distichous, simultaneously many flowered inflorecence with oblique, acute, longer than the pedicel and ovary floral bract and carrying flowers with purple to light rose externally, diffusely, minutely pubescent greyish inside sepals, yellow green, semilunate petals and a thick green or purple lip.

S limonensis differs form S floresii by the narrow acute leaves distinctly shorter than the slender ramicauls.

Synonyms Stelis limonensis Luer & Hirtz 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV Luer 2002 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV Luer 2002 as S limonensis drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXX Luer 2009;