Stelis eudialema Luer & Hirtz 2013 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cold Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Good Interval Stelis [refers to the long distance between ramicauls]

Flower Size .14" [3.5 mm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations around 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, repent epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath from below the middle, and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long overall, strict, subcongested, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with transluscent green with a white pubescence sepals, light green, glabrous petals and a yellow lip.

"This long-repent species of SECTION Stelis is distinguished by a thick rhizome with distantly spaced ramicauls. The ramicauls are slightly shorter than elliptical, long-petiolate leaves, with one or two racemes, usually a little shorter than the leaf, that prodiuce crowed with pubescent sepals. The petals are thick, concave and three-veined. The type A lip is semiorbicular, concave anteriorly with a superficial glenion and with a single, rounded callus on the dorsum." Luer 2013


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 173 to 196 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer & Lisa Thoerle 2013 drawing fide;