Stelis ximenae Luer & Hirtz 2004 SUBGENUS Stelis Duque 2008 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

Common Name Ximena's Stelis [Mrs Hirtz, Ecuadorian Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 2500 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter through spring on 2 to 5, erect, strict, congested, distichous, 1.2 to 3.2" [3 to 8 cm] long, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, acute floral bracts and carries most of the flowers open simultaneously all held in 2 ranks.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing Fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 phot/drawing fide;