Stelis adrianae Luer 2002 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Egon Krogsgaard

Another Inflorescence

Photo by Lourens Grobler


Photo by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE by Carl Luer

Full shadeCoolSpring

Common Name Adriana's Stelis [Ecuadorian Collectors Wife Current]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations around 1650 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, ascending-caespitose epiphyte with ascending-erect, stout, fascicled ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, purple, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a congested, two ranked, distichous, 8" [20 cm] long including the 6" [15 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorecence arising from the base of the leaf with tubular, just shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Most notable for the deep purple coloration throughout the plant. The habit is ascending with a fascile of ramicauls trailing a thick rhizome entwined in a mass of fine roots. The petioles of the ovate leaves are conduplicate and support the base of the inflorescence. The peduncle is considerably longer than the congested, two-ranked raceme. The bases of the densely long-pubescent sepals form a cup that contains the column, petals and lip. The dorsal sepal is larger then the semiconnate, leateral sepals." Luer 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide;

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