Stelis ximenae Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Ximena's Stelis [Mrs Hirtz, Ecuadorian Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe, Morona-Santiago, Azuay and Loja provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 2500 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter through spring on 2 to 5, arising through a spathe with an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, erect, strict, congested, distichous, 1.2 to 3.2" [3 to 8 cm] long, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carries most of the dark purple to yellow green flowers.

Characterized by a few, simultaneously many flowered racemes that are mostl;y less than half as long as the narrow leaf. The sepals are broadly ovate and densely long-pubescent. The petals are transverse with round, thickened margin and the lip is deeply concave with a thin rounded apical margin." Luer 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004drawing Fide;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo/drawing fide;