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

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Modest Stelis [refers to the flower habit]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath and another below and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the long petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a single, erect, from a node on the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis erect, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, loose, congested, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with acute, somewhat longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purplish flowers.

"Characterized by a combination of commonly occuring physical features. The sraceme of about 10 simultaneous, minute flowers surpases the narrrowly elliptical, long-petiolate leaves. Broadly obtuse, similar sepals are not widely expanded: the petals are three veined and the lip is simply type "A"." Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 16 No 2: 353 Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011 drawing fide;