Stelis delhierroi Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Humboldtia

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Del Hierro's Stelis [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast and collector of species]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Imbabura province of Ecuador at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, comparitively stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, ribbed tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the indistinctly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect to suberect, lax, flexible, flexuous, 3.2" [8 cm] long, including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, acute, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with the dorsal sepal rose, the laterals yellow the petals and lip dark purple.

"Characterized by the small habit with elliptical leaves that are far surpassed by a loose, flexuous raceme that produces one proportionally large flower successively. The sides of the dorsal sepal are recurved and the synsepal is concave below the middle and convex above with recurving sides. The petals are semilunate, the lip shallowly concave with a broadly rounded apex and a single rounded callus on the dorsum." Luer 2004

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenera Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Epibator ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenera Acianthera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Epibator ophidion Zootrophion Luer 2004 drawing fide;

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