Stelis grandibracteata C.Schweinf. 1942 SECTION Stelis

Plant

Photos by Rebecca Repasky and The Atrium Website

Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Large Bracted Stelis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Pataza, Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador and Cusco department of Peru at elevations around 2300 to 2400 meters as a small sized, cold growing , densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical to oblong elliptic, obtuse to rounded, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, subdensely, secund, 5.4" [13.5 cm] long including the peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with conspicuous, spreading, rotundate-ovate, longer than the ovary floral bracts with an auriculate clasping base and carrying purple flowers.

"Similar to S disticha but S grandibracteata differs in the smaller, non-imbricating floral bracts.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bot. Mus. Leafl. 10: 118 Schweinfurth 1942

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 drawing fide;

Orquidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;

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

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

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