Stelis regina Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Humboldtia Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Common Name The Queen Stelis [refers to the size and Beauty of the flower]

Flower Size .6" [1.5cm]

Found in Carchi Ecuador in very wet, montane cloud forests at elevations of 1800 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and another near the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, distichous, loose, 6 to 7.2" [15 to 18 cm] long including the 4" [10 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered, racemose inflorescence that is mostly simultaneous, and arises from below the apex of the ramicaul.


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