Stelis aspergilliformis Luer & Hirtz 2013 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cool EARLY Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Brush-Like Stelis [refers to the callis on the dorsum of the lip]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Bolivar province of Ecuador at elevations around 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with adjacent, fascicled ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath below the middle and another loose one at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, arising from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2" [5 cm] long, 4" [10 cm] long overall, strict, flexible, subcongested, mostly simultaneously 12 to 20 flowered flowered inflorescence with just shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying a dark red purple flowers. .

"This small, ascending species of SECTION Stelis is distinguished by an elongated raceme of small flowers with densely short-pubescent sepals, and a proportionate ly large central apparatus. The petals are thin, concave, and three-veined. The type A lip is semiorbicular, concave anteriorly with a superficial glenion and with a broad, densely short-pubescent, brush-like callus on the dorsum" 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;