Stelis glomerosa Luer 1979 SECTION Humboldtia Photo courtesy of © Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flowers Photos by © Milan Vágner

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Common Name The Ball Stelis

Flower Size 1/4" [.65 cm]

This is a positive ID.

Found in western Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1700 to 2000 meters as a miniature, warm to cool growing, scandent epiphyte with ascending, prolific, rooting at the internodes, to over 1 meter long ramicauls giving rise at intervasl to a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, tridenticulate, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a pendant, flexuous, to 6" [to 15 cm] long, successively 2 to 3, many flowered inflorescencewith inflated, oblique, acute floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, globose flowers..

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX 2009 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide

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