Stelis tobarii Luer & Hirtz 2009 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common NameTobar's Stelis [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Imbabura province of northern Ecuador at elevations around 1500 to 1700 meters as a medium sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by a long, tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3, imbricating sheaths towards the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 2, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, erect, sublax, to 6.8" [17 cm] long including the 2" [5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, oblique, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying red-purple, glabrous flowers.

"Related to S flacca but characterized by the large size, long ramicauls, and a very long-petiolate leaf that is eventually surpassed by a sublax raceme of flowers described as being wine colored. The sepals are glabrous and multiveined; the petalss have a thick rounded margin and the shallow lip fits obliquely along the under surface of the column, similat to S flacca." Luer 2009

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* 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 2009 drawing fide

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