Stelis bucculenta Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Humboldtia

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Full Cheek Stelis [refers to the bar of the lip]

Flower Size .12 [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations of 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a descending to pendent, arising from the apex of the ramicaul, lax, 3.2 [to 8 cm] long, successsivly 1 to 2, and distantly several flowered inflorescence with oblique infundibular, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Similar to S sumacoensis in the pendent raceme but distinguished by the proportionally large petals with thick, densely pubescent margins and a lip with a bar convex to either side of the glenion." Luer 2007


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Sytematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007 drawing fide