Stelis pugiunculi Lindl. 1859 SECTION Humboldtia



Photo/Drawing by S Manning/Carl Luer

Common Name The Little Daggers Stelis [refers to the leaves and or the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Pichincha and Carchi provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 1500 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, candent epiphyte with ascending, slender, prolific ramicauls enveloped by a thin tubular sheath near the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly linear-elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, distichous, dense, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long including the .4" [ to 1 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, shorter tha the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple, yellow or purple and yellow mixed flowers.

"Vegetatively it is long scandent with a narrowly elliptical leaf at intervals and an equally long, crowded raceme. The sysnsepal is deeply inflated. The rpoportionally large petals are broadly rounded, most f the suface being an extremely wide margin and at the middle of the edge there is a minute, triangular process. The body of the minute lip is more or less transverse with the apex narrowly triangular and acute." Luer 2009

Synonyms Stelis pterostylis Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list ,

*Fol. Orchid. 8: 17 Lindley 1859;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 14: 123 Schlechter 1915 as S pterostylis; Orchidaceae Stelis Sw A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009drawing fide;