Stenia pustulosa D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1994 Drawing by Alcantara, Bennett & Christenson

Common Name The Pustulate Stenia [refers to the distal potion of the ear-lobe like lateral lobes of the lip]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Junin and Pasco departments of Peru in wet montane forests and lower level cloud forests at elevations around 1600 to 2300 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing acaulous epiphyte with a fan of 4 to 6, oblanceoalte, acute, minutely apiculate, dark green leaves articulated to the imbricating, conduplicate leaf sheath bases that blooms in the spring and fall as new growths mature on an axillary, subtended by 1 to 2 tubular bracts, laxly long pedunculate, to 3.2" [8 cm] long, pendent, single flowered inflorescence carrying spreading, transluscent pale yellow flowers with a pale green externally lip with pustules along the distal margin, pale brown turning purple forward, the interior streaked and spotted brownish red, the midlobe very pale yellow with a few brownish red spots along the margin, the callus pale white with greenish yellow teeth tipped brownish red, the column pale yellowish white, the foot with faint lavender straks and spots shading o darker red puerple at the base ofthe foot, the claw white with red purple spots and a pale cream colored anther.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 590 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide;