Stelis globulifera Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Francisco Tobar and his Flickr Ecuador Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

EARLY

Common Name The Globe Carrying Stelis [refers to the cellular callus]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas province of Ecuador at elevations around 750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous,broadly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on erect to suberect, arising from the base of the leaf, slender, subcongested, slightly flexuous, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long including the .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively 1 to 2, several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

"Distinguished by a distinct, spherical callus on the dorsum of the lip that protrudes anteriorly where a glenion would be expected to occur. The plant is small and caespitose with broadly elliptical leaves surpassed slightly by a successively several flowered raceme. The sepals are expanded and transversely obtuse. The petals are transverse and thickly rounded above the base." Luer 2002

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV A First Century of the Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2002 drawing fide;

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