Stelis platypetala Luer & Dalström 2002 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name or Meaning The Wide Petal Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in El Oro and Pichincha provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tublar sheath and another 1 to 2 at the base and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arching peduncle 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, arising through an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, rachis 3.6 to 6" [9 to 15 cm] long, congested, mostly simultaaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, inflated, as long as the ovary floral bract and carrying flowers with a purple, glabrous dorsal sepal and yellow lateral sepals, purple petals and a purple lip.


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