Stelis portillae Luer & Hirtz 2004SECTION Stelis

Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Common Name Portilla's Stelis [Ecuadorian Nurseryman current]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 1700 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising through a slender spathe, congested, distichous, all held in 2 ranks, 7.6 to to 9.6" [19 to 24 cm] long, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with transversely annular, broadly obtuse, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with rose-purple sepals, and a purple central apparatus.

"Characterized by the large habit with thick, subpetiolate, elliptical leaves borne by a stout ramicauls with a loose sheath nesrthe middle. The congested, two ranked raceme of convex, rose purple flwoers exceeds the leaf in length. The sepals are broadly obtuse; the petals are smooyh and flaberllate and the lip is shallowly concave anteriorly with the pex rounded." Luer 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004