Stelis parvipetala Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name or Meaning The Small Petal Stelis [refers to the petals]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 2150 meters as a small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close tublar sheath in the middle third and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, peduncle 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, arising through a spathe .4" [1 cm] long, rachis 6 to 9.2" [15 to 23 cm] long, lax, subdense, successively 2 to 4, many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, oblique, acute, almost as long as the ovary floral bract and carrying pubescent flowers with light yellow suffused with purple to dark purple, glabrous sepals, white to purple petals and a purple lip.

"This species is characterized by a slender, densely caespitose habit with ramicauls longer than the long-petiolate, acute, elliptic leaves. The raceme far exceeds the leaf. The erect dorsal sepal sometimes reflexes above the base. The synsepal is deeply concave with a chin protruding posteriorly. Within, the floral parts are proportionally small, especially the petals that are partially behind a twice larger, protruding lip with a bitumid bar and a central glenion. " Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV A First Century of the Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2002

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV A First Century of the Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2002 Drawing fide;