Stelis vollesii Luer & Dodson 2002 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shadeWarmCoolWinterSpring

Flower Size Volle's Stelis [Colombian Co-Collector of species current]

Found in Esmeraldas and Carchi provinces of Ecuador at elevations of 1400 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect to arching, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, loose, distichous, flexuous, 1.2 to 5.2" [3 to 13 cm] long, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as to shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying red-purple, glabrous externally, microscopically pubescent within flowers.

Similar to S globiflora but distinguished by much smaller flowers and large, sharply triangular petals. A loose, flexuous, successively flowered raceme eventually surpasses the leaves. The dorsal sepal is broadly ovate while the shallowly concave synsepal is transversely ovate. The proportionally large petals are triangular and acute with thickened margins. The lip is ovoid with a broadly rounded apex, a thick, elevated base and a single callus on the dorsum." Luer 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide