Stelis auriculata O.Duque 2010 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Duque and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Eared Stelis [refers to the shape of the stigmas]

Flower Size .24” [6 mm]

Found in Huila department of Colombia without locational data as a small sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, tridenticulate apically, cuneate below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 2, erect, distichous, 1.92” [4.8 cm] long including the .8” [2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneous many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender, acute spathe with thin, cucullate, acute, wide mouthed, semi-imbricate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Distiguished by the small sized plant with oblong leaves, multiflowered inflorescence with bicolored, rugose flowers with the stigmatic lobes curiously pointed like two little ears.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideología Vol 27 #1 pg 14 Duque 2010 Drawing/photo fide