Stelis aclyda Luer & Hirtz 2009 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Francisco Tobar and his Flickr Ecuador Orchids Photo Website

TYPE drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Small Javelin Stelis [Refers to the narrow shape of the leaf]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador at elevations around 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing, epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls with a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall on an apical, erect, strict, distichous, dense, 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm] long including the .32 [8 mm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneous, many flowered inflorescence arising through a negligible spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has broadly infundibular floral bracts.

"Characterized by the narrowly elliptical leaves and an equally long and slender inflorescence witha tighly packed, double rowed raceme of opposite facing flowers. The flowers are not extraordinary with obtuse sepals; tansversely obovate petals and a short lip with a broad, round margin, a bimammilate bar without an obvious glenion and an acutely decurved dorsum with a single, round callus." Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Systematics of Stelis of Ecudor IV Luer 2009 drawing good;