Stelis exacta Luer & Hirtz 2004 SUBGENUS Stelis Duque 2008

Photo by Francisco Tobar and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Precise Stelis [refers to the flowers placement on the inflorescence]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Azuay province of Ecuador on the western slope of the Andes at elevations around 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, ascending-caespitose epiphyte with fasciuclate, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising through an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul distichous, secund, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, dense, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence and has infundibular, oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carries precisely placed alternate, yellow flowers.

"Closely related to S spathulata but S exacta has broader, oblong leaves and a densely flowered rceme with all the flowers facing one side in alternating positions from long floral bracts that are out of sight behind. The flowers are equally minute with equal, ovate sepals, similar, single veined petals and a similar, apiculate lip except that the body of the lip is shorter and deeper." luer 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide