Stelis nexipous Garay 1958 SUBGENUS Nexipous Duque 2008

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Lip Detail

Plant and Inflorescence

Photos by Milan Vagner

Another Color Form

Photo courtesy of Walter Teague.


Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Webfoot Stelis [refers to the flowers shape]

Flower Size .1" [2 mm]

Found in Pastaza, Napo, Tungurhua, Morona-SAntiago, Loja and Zamora Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 700 to 2400 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls partially enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-ligulate, subobtuse, attenuate below intothe petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, occasionally arcuate, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long, rachis 3.2 to 10.4" [8 to 26 cm] long, secund simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers with the sepals glabrous and shiny purple externally, olive green to red-purple within.

"Vegetatively similar to many in the genus, but florally it is distinguished by nutant flowers all facing in one direction and overlapping in 2 ranks. The deep connation between the lateral sepals amd the dorsal sepal and the shallow connation betwen the lateral sepals below the central apparatus into a flat, three lobed, fan-shaped flower is distinctive." Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bot. Mus. Leafl. 18: 194 Garay 1958; P>* Bot. Mus. Leafl. 18: 194 Garay 1958 drawing fide;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 27: 183 Garay 1979 drawing fide;

Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide;

Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 drawing fide;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide;

Orchidaceae 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;