Stelis florianii Luer 2002SECTION Humboldtia

Photos by © Milan Vágne

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name or Meaning Florian's Stelis [German collector of the type current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tublar sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a more or less erect, peduncle .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, from below the apex of the ramicaul, rachis .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, lax, simultaneously 2 to 3, several flowered inflorescence with infundibular, obtuse, almost as long as the ovary floral bract and carrying transluscent white flowers with glabrous sepals, crystaline cellular petals and a subdiscoid lip.

"The species is similar to S dactyloptera but differs in the crystaline cellular petals and the winged, trilobed lip with an erect bifid callus." Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV Luer 2002 Drawing fide;