Stelis ann-jesupiae Luer 2002 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing of by Carl Luer

Common Name or Meaning Ann Jesup's Stelis [American co-collector of the type]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador on the Cordillera del Condor at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, slender peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, with a bract near the middle, from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, single flowered inflorescence with infundibular, acute, as long as the ovary floral bract and carrying purple flowers.

"One of only a few single flowered Stelis. The flower is borne on a slender ramicaul that is longer than the leaves. The pedicel produces a filiment, the absorbed terminal bud of a pleurothallid inflorescence. Produced from near the end of the pedicel, the filament protrudes from the floral bract." Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV A First Century of the Stelis Of Ecuador Part 1 Luer 2002 Drawing fide;