Stelis fissurata Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Humboldtia

Photo by Pieter Brouwer and his PBase Orchid Photo Website

TYPE drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Fissured Stelis [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador at elevations of 1800 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, 2.4 to 3.6" [6 to 9 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, subdense, distichous, two-ranked, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with oblique, as longa s the voary floral bracts and carrying rose to purple, glabrous externally, pubescent within flowers.

Distinguished by the small, caespitose habit, narrowly elliptic leaves, a several flowered inflorescence of small flowers held perpendicular to the rachis in opposite ranks, sepals pubescent within and a subquadrate lip with obtuse, lateral margins and a deep central fissure." Luer 2002

CAUTION!!! The photo does not agree with Carl Luer's Type drawing which is absolutely correct so please use photo with extreme caution

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 good

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