Stelis discrepans Luer, Thoerle & F.Werner 2011SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Differing Stelis [refers to the differences between the dorsal and lateral sepals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, oblong, rounded apically, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later fall on a single, erect, arising through a spathe from a node on the ramicaul, peduncle 1.6" [4 cm] long, rachis erect, 4.4" [11 cm] long, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying minute, white flowers with long pubescent sepals.

"Noted for its oblong leaves with rounded apices that are far surpassed by a minutely flowered raceme that bears fruit while still flowering above. The dorsal sepal is erect, round, convex and long pubescent, while the lateral sepals are antrorse, ovate, subacute , concave and glabrous. The petals are single veined and the apex of the lip is an oblong lobe protruding from a subquadrate blade." Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 16 No 2: 350 Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011 drawing fide;