Stelis patinaria Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Humboldtia photo by The Ecuagenera Website

Common Name The Plate Stelis [refers to the shallow synsepal]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago, Napo, Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 1800 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath on the middle third and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate or contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, subcongested, distichous, 6 to 7.2" [15 to 18 cm] long including the 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo good;