Stelis purpurea (Ruiz & Pav.) Willd. 1805 SUBGENUS Stelis Duque 2008 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]

The photo determination cannot be verified as correct.

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; Stelis maxima Lindl. 1845; Stelis 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; 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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