Stelis sororcula Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Little Sister Stelis [refers to the tiny habit]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Tungaruhua province of Ecuador at elevations around 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 1 to 2, erect, subcongested, flexuous, to 10 to 14" [25 to 35 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.

"Stelis sororcula Luer & Hirtz is similar to S ebenea, but the sepals are transversely ovate and black with a short, white pubescence. The petals and lip are similar. The dark purplish petals and lip do not differ remarkably from a common pattern, with thickened, round-margined, three-veined petals and a more or less subquadrate lip with a thickened, rounded apex." Luer 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 drawing fide; Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer