Stelis regia Luer, Thoerle & F.Werner 2011 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Regal Stelis [referring to the colors of the flowers]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2110 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped by 2, loose tubular sheaths and another 2 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse, narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a spathe hidden within the cauline sheath, from a node on the ramicaul, peduncle 2" [5 cm] long, rachis 4.8" [12 cm] long, erect, strict, subdense, mostly simutaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous, yellow flowers with a lilac central apparatus.

"Characerized by narrowly obovate leaves somewhat longer than the ramicauls, but shorter than the 1 to 2, many flowered racemes. The floral bracts are as large as the small flowers; the sepals are bright yellow and broadly ovate; the petals are lilac, transverse and three veined and the lip held beneath the column is shallow and nearly circular." Luer Thoerle and F Werner 2011


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 16[2]:355 Luer , Thoerle and F Werner 2011 drawing fide