Stelis hoeijeri Luer & Dalström 2002 SECTION Stelis

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Hoeijer's Stelis [Swedish co-collector of the species current]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador at elevations around 1950 meters Ecuador at elevations around 1950 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing, proliferating epiphyte with erect, stout, branching to slender above ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath on the middle third and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, peduncle 4" [10 cm] long, arising through a slender spathe .4" [1 cm] long, with an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, rachis 6" [15 cm] long, congested, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with thin, tubular, repand, as long as the ovary floral bract and carrying overlapping flowers with green suffused with purple, glabrous sepals, purple semi-lunate petals and a thick triangular lip.

"The species is distinguished by the prolific, branching ramicauls with narrowly elliptical leaves The flwoers are ovverlapping in a congested raceme that far surpasses the leaf. The sepals are ovate and similar, the laterals reflex from their common union which is convex beneath the central apparatus. The petals are thickly semi-lunate with a sharp transverse callus, The lip is triangular with a glenion on the abse abd a callus on the dorsum." Luer 2002


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