Stelis oreada Luer & Endara 2009SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Nymph Stelis [A name of a mythological mountain nymph]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tungurahua and Napo provinces of Ecuador at elevations above 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growingrepent-ascending epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheaths below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and spring on 1 to 2, arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, erect, sublax, subflexuous, 3.6 to 4.8" [9 to 12 cm] long including the 1.2" [3 cm] long peduncle, successively several, several to many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute,shorter to loner than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

"Distinguished by the subcircular, slightly concave modification of the type "B" lip, elliptical sepals and single veined petals." Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;