Stelis depauperata Lindl. 1859 SECTION Humboldtia

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Wretched Stelis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 1400 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, acool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on 2 erect, subcongested, distichous, 5.2 to 6.4" [13 to 16 cm] long, including the 1.6" [4 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis gracilispica C.Schweinf. 1951; Stelis graminosa Luer & Hirtz 2007; Stelis suaveolens F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Fol. Orchid. 8: 16 Lindley 1859;

Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 26: 448 F Lehm & Kraenzl 1899 as S suaveolens;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 15: 17 C Schweinfurth 1951 as S gracilispica;

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S gracilispica;

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S gracilispica drawing ok;

Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976 as S gracilispica drawing good;

Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2005 as S gracilispica drawing/photo fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007 as S graminosa

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007 as S graminosa drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009

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