Stelis luteria Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Humboldtia Photo by Duane McDowell and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Little Bathtub Stelis [refers to the concave synsepal]

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations up to 1000 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and another in the middle third carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, subpetiolate leaf with a conduplicatte petiole that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, congested, distichous, 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long including the 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, mostly successively many flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus just below the apex of the ramicaul and has tubular, oblique floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV A First Century Of New Species of Stelis of Ecuador Part One Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo good