Stelis teaguei Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Humboldtia Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Teague's Stelis [American Orchid Enthusiast and Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 2750 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another 1 to 2 basal sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 3, erect, subcongested, distichous, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorecence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, tubular floral bracts.

This species is one of the largest in the section Humboldtia.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología 20(3): 360, 368, 374–376 Duque1997 drawing fide