Stelis anderssonii Luer & Endara 2007 SECTION Labiatae

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer


Common Name Andersson’s Stelis [Swedish Late co-collector of species]

Flower Size .12” [3 mm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations around 1700 to 2200 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls with a tubular sheath near the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on 1 to 2, erect, to 2.4” to 3.6” [6 to 9 cm] long including the .4” [1 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe below the apex of the ramicaul with erect, oblique acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Similar to Stelis oblonga but characterized by the 2 very cowded, many flowered racemes shorter to nearly as long as the acute, elliptical,-ovate, petiolate base leaf. The sepals are obtuse with the laterals held forward. The transverse petals are thin, concave and three veined. The lip is shallowly concave anteriorly with a faint apiculum of the margins instead of the sharply acute process seen in S oblonga." Luer 2007


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century Of Stelis Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007 drawing good;