Stelis fortis Luer & Dalström 2004 SECTION Humboldtia

Drawing by © Carl Luer


Common Name The Vigorous Stelis [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador in wet forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a large sized, cool growing, long-scandent epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect to suberect, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, lax, distichous, to 13.2" [to 33 cm] long including the 6" [15 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, longer to much longer than the ovary floral bracts ajs carrying glabrous, flowers with a pale purple dorsal sepal and greenish lateral sepals.

"Characerized by the long-scandent, climbing habit with long, stout ramicauls bearing long, stout ramicauls. The leaves are broadly elliptical and far surpaassed by a loose, multiflowered raceme. The dorsal sepal and concave synsepal are multiveined, the petals are crescentiform witha thickened margin and the lip is obtuse witha glenion and a broad callus on the dorsum." Luer 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004