Stelis purpurea (Ruiz & Pav.) Willd. 1805 SUBGENUS Stelis Duque 2008 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Photo by Patricia Harding

Part shadeCold to Hot Spring

Common Name The Purple Stelis

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as a medium to large sized, hot to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial in damp montane forests at altitudes of 150 to 2900 meters long, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a oblong to elliptic or oval, fleshy, acute and tridenticulate apically, channelled petiole leaf that gradually narrows to the base below that blooms in the spring on a racemose, to 18 2/5" [46 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with conspicuous, tubular, spreading, acuminate floral bracts.

Stelis alpina is said to be a synonym of this species but for now I have left them separate

Synonyms *Humboldtia purpurea Ruiz & Pav. 1798; *Humboltia purpurea Ruiz & Pav. 1798; Humboltia spiralis Ruiz & Pav. 1798; Pleurothallis purpurea (Ruiz & Pav.) Schltr. 1921; Stelis abrupta Rchb.f. 1876; Stelis acutissima Lindl. 1858; Stelis asseris O.Duque 1997; Stelis connata C. Presl 1858; Stelis dentata O.Duque 1997; Stelis endocharis Rchb.f. 1876; Stelis hemicardia Rchb.f. 1876; Stelis huancabambae Kraenzl. 1916; habfasStelis pachyphylla Schltr. 1920; Stelis pachystele Schltr. 1920; Stelis phaeantha Schltr. 1929; Stelis repanda Luer & Hirtz 2002; Stelis robusta Schltr. 1924; Stelis robustior Garay 1979; Stelis rusbyi Rolfe 1895; Stelis spiralis (Ruiz & Pav.) Pers. 1807; Stelis yungasensis Schltr. 1929

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as S fruticulus; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as S pachyphylla; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921 as S phaeantha; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten III Ecuador Schlechter 1921 as S cordibractea; Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth Vol 1 1958 as S acutissima; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1976 as S robusta drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as S maxima; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 331 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0178 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0380 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 as S connata drawing okish; Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 as S connata drawing hmm; Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000; Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 as S rusbyi; Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 as S yungasensis; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 772 Bennett & Christenson 2001 as Stelis truncata; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 as S repanda drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 as S repanda drawing ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Sw. A Compendium 2008 as S asseris drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S connata drawing ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 as S dentata drawing ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S endocharis drawing ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 as S hemicardia drawing ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 as S pachyphylla; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 as S phaeantha drawing ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 as S robustior; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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