Stelis prolificosa Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION StelisDrawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Prolific Stelis [refers to the prolific habit]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Napo Ecuador at elevations around 2900 meters as a small sized, prolific, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by tubular sheath near the middle and 2 sheaths about the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect, flexuous, sublax, to 4.8" [to 12 cm] long including the .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 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 .

Luer described this species on pg 25 of Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Stelis prolificosa but in the figures he mislabeled the drawing as S prolifica. I assure you that it depicts S prolificosa and is the type drawing for the species.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 drawing fide;