Stelis scalena Luer & Hirtz 2002 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name

Flower Size

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations around 1300 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base. and carrying a single, apical, erect coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, peduncle 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, rachis 8 to 15 cm] long, confgested, secund, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying light yellow flowers.

The species is distinguished by the minutely papillose within above the middle sepals, the dorsal sepal curves forward while the considerably larger, rounded lateral sepals spread beneath. The petals are thin, truncate and single veined. The lip is oblong and concave above the middle with a large, pyramidal callus below the middle.


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