Stelis dromedarina Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Humboldtia

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Leur

Common Name The Camel Humped Stelis [refers to the hump-shaped callus of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador at elevations around 3200 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheatha nd anotehr at the base and carrying an erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncel less than .4" [1 cm] long, rachis 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, subdense, distichous, successively few, several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying light yellow green flowers.

"Similar to S purpurea but characterized by the small habit, and a several flowered raceme shorter than the leaf. The sepals are broad, the synsepal more than twice broader than long when expanded. The petals are thin without a marginal thickening. The apex of the lip is broadly rounded and concave and a tall, proportionally large, hump-shaped callus fills the center." Luer 2002

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV A First Century of Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2002 drawing fide; Ecuadorian Native Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide;

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