Stelis sijmii Luer 2003 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Sijm's Stelis [Dutch Orchid Enthusiast and discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Huanuco department of Peru without elevational data as a small sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a large, loose, tubular sheath an the basal third and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, broadly ovate, obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a thick, rigidly erect, arising through a spathe from a node a short distance below the abscission layer, peduncle 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, rachis 7.6 to 8" [19 to 20 cm] long, very congested, secund with the flowers overlapping, many simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with broad, tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts .

"Distinguished by the thick ramicauls and large, thickly coriaceous, petiolate leaves. From a short distance below the petiole, the stout, strict peduncle rises to bear a very congested raceme of overlapping, dark purple flowers. The flowers present 2 rows, both facing the same direction. The sepals are suborbicular, the petals are obtusely sagittate and the lip is subquadrate with the apex rounded." Luer 2003


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Revista de la Sociedad Boliviana de Botanica 4[3]: 3-24 Luer 2003 drawing fide;