Stelis dalstroemii Luer 2002 SECTION Stelis

Inflorescence

Photo by Andy Phillips and Andy's Orchids

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Dalstroem's Stelis [Danish Orchid Illustrator and co-collector of species Current]

Flower Size .28" [7mm]

Found in Carchi and Esmeraldas provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 1600 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath on the middle third and another 1 to 2 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, strict, distichous, congested, tworanked, overlapping, 3.2 to 6.8" [8 to 17 cm] long, including the 1.2 to 2.8" [3 to 7 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has tubular, obtuse, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"Related to S purpurea as they are vegetatively similar, but the flowers are purple black and arranged in 2 rows, back to back, more or less overlapping in a congested raceme. The sepals are very broad with the dorsal sepal distinctly larger than the oblique lateral sepals. The petals are thickly semilunate and the lip is tringular and acute." Luer 2002

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV A First Century of Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2002

Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV A First Century of Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2002 Drawing fide

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