Stelis pan Luer & Hirtz 2009 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Pan's Stelis [Greek mythological god of forests and Satyrs]]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Napo province of Ecuador at elevations around 600 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptical, thickly coriaceous, acute, cuneate into the subsessile base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, disitichous, dense, 14" [to 35 cm] long including the to 4.6" [to 9 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneouly many flowered inflorescence with close, tubular, acute, shorter than the pedicel, floral bracts and carrying flowers with purple below the middle, green towardsthe apex, papillose above the middle sepals, and a red-purple central apparatus.

"Related to S transversalis but characterized by the tall, erect inflorescence that surpasses the large elliptical leaf. The comparatively large flowers are borne perpendicular to the rachis in 2 crowded, opposite facing ranks. The sepals are green and purple, difusely papillose above the middle and with the dorsal sepal expanded 180 degrees opposite the close pair of lateral sepals. The petals are trnsverse and fleshy. The type "A" lip is ovoid-triangular, much shorter the long with a round callus on the dorsum." Luer 2009 .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;