Stelis aernbyae Luer & Dalström 2004 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Lena Arnby’s Stelis [Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Napo province Ecuador at elevations around 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls with a tubular sheath from below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an apical, erect, loose, 4 to 4.8" [10 to 12 cm] long including the 2” [5 cm] long peduncle, several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf and has short, tubular, acute, as long as to longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the loosely flowered raceme that exceeds the elliptical leaf. The sepals are multiveined and conspicuously unequal in size, the laterals being markedly obliquw and twide shorter. The petals are thick with a sharp, transverse callus. The lip is subquadrate with a thickly rounded apex and with the dorsum sloping acutely downward." Luer 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallsi subgenus Acianthera and three allied genera A Second Century of Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2004 drawing fide;