Stelis bicarinata Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name or Meaning The Bicarinate Stelis [refers to the callus of the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 1900 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a short tublar sheath near the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on 1 to 3, erect, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, arising through a slender spathe .4 to .52" [1 to 1.3 cm] long, with an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, rachis 1.6 to 2.8" [4 to 7 cm] long, subdense, distichous, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with infundibular, almost as long as the ovary floral bract and carrying flowers with finely villose within, glabrous externally light yellow sepals, light yellow petals and a light yellow, thick lip.

"The species is characterized by the long, slender ramicauls with a much shorter petiolate base leaf. One to three slender, erect racemes of tiny flowers that do not pass the leaf in length. The sepals are ovate and long-villose within, The petals are transverse with a thickened margin. The subquadrate lip is rounded apically with a small incurved apiculum, and a bicarinate, vertical callus occupies the center" Luer 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV A First Century of Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2002

Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV A First Century of Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2002Drawing fide