Stelis malvina Luer, Thoerle & F.Werner 2011 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Mauve Stelis [refers to the flower color]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later fall on a single, erect, from a node on the ramicaul, peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, rachis erect, 1.2" [3 cm] long, loose, slightly flexuous, successively 1 to 2, few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying minutely pubescent flowers with pale rose colored sepals and a purple centrral apparatus.

"Characterrized by the proportionally large, flat, mauve colored flowers borne in a loose, few flowered raceme. The sepals are transversely ovate and three veined, the petals are three veined and the lip is transverse and convex with a minute apiculum." Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 16 No 2: 352 Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011 drawing fide;