Stelis surrogatilabia Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Humboldtia

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


Common Name The Surrogate Lip Stelis [refers to the adaptation of the synsepal as to appear to be a second lip]

Flower Size .04" [1 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 1200 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, loose, distichous, to 7.2" [to 18 cm] long including the 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorecence arising through a thin spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, oblique, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2004 Drawing fide