Stelis disticha Poepp. & Endl. 1836 SECTION Stelis

Photo by The Ecuagenera Website


Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Two Ranked Stelis [refers to the flowers on the inflorescence]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador and Huanuco department of Peru at elevations around 1050 to 1500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath and another below and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect to arching, distichous, 3.2 to 5.2" [8 to 13 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, densely mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers wth yellow sepals, purple petals and a purple lip.

"Easily recognized by the strong caespitose habit, large elliptic leaves borne by a significantly shorter ramicaulclad in loose sheaths and an elongated raceme with large, imbricating, distichous florla bracts. The flowers protrude from the bract below the tip. The sepals are broadly obtuse, the petals are broad and overlapping above the column and the type "A" lip is obtuse with a narrow glenion." Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Nov. Gen. Sp. Pl. 1: 47 Poepp. & Endl. 1836;

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009 drawing fide