Stelis globiflora Rchb.f. 1878 SECTION Humboldtia

Drawing by Carl Luer

Another Drawing completely different concept

Drawing of S globiflora Oscar Duque


Common Name The Spherical Flowered Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Pastaza, Napo, Tungurahua and Morona-Santiago departments of Ecuador in scrub forests at elevations around 1000 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer through winter on an erect, flexible, subflexuous, lax, 1.6 to 2.6" [4 to 6.5 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaenously several flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying sesitive flowers with a purple dorsals epal the laterals light yellow suffused with purple, the petals and lip purple.

"Characterized by a loose, several flowered raceme of flowers with a bowl-shaped synsepal below an erect, three veined dorsal sepal. The proportionally large petals are protuberant and subtriangular with a thin, expanded apical margin. The lip is small, rounded and flat. In hydrated flowers the lip splits easily into two lamine. The dorsal layer is not a callus.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Otia Bot. Hamburg.: 19 Rchb.f 1878;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing hmm;

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

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