Stelis impostor Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis

Inflorescence Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Type Drawing

Common Name The Impostor Stelis [refers to its mistaken identity] to the flowers placement on the inflorescence]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador on the eastern slopes of the Andes at elevations around 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, loose, distichous, slightly flexuous, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has , oblique, acute, tubular floral bracts and carries several flowers that open simultaneously .

CAUTION The photos do not match Luer's drawings most notably in not having cilaite margins to the sepals but alos in the differnt lip. The drawing is absolutely correct.


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