Stelis agonzalezii Luer & Hirtz 2013 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Warm Cool EARLYSummer

Common Name or Meaning A. Gonzalez's Stelis [Ecuadorian Adrian Gonzalez, noted malacologist co-collector of this species current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Bolivar province of Ecuador at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, abruptly narrowing below into the slender, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, arising from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, rachis strict, congested, many flowered inflorescence with longer than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying a flower with glabrous, yellow sepals, yellow petals and a dark purple lip.

"This small, caespitose species of SECTION Stelis is distinguished by a crowded raceme that is shorter than an elliptical, long-petiolate leaf. The glabrous three-veined sepals and petals are not remarkable. The lip is type A with a deep anterior cavity beneath a cleft, transverse bar. The surface of the slightly convex dorsum appears mealy instead of minutely pubescent." Luer 2013


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 173 to 196 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer & Lisa Thoerle 2013 drawing fide;