Stelis anolis Luer 1979 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Anole-Like Stelis [an allusion to the resemblance of the flower to a lizard head]

Flower Size .4 [1 cm]

Found in Tungurahia province of Ecuador in wet montane forests at elevations around 1400 to 3200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose terrestrial or epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the slender, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer, fall and earlier winter on an erect, sublax, distichous, 8 to 14" [20 to 35 cm] long including the 3.2 to 4.4" [8 to 11 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, acute, shorter to as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by the long, pale green, non-resupinate flowers The lateral sepals connive to form a hood over the free middle sepal." Luer 1979


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 5: 190 Luer 1979;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;