Salpistele parvula Luer & Dressler 1991 SUBGENUS Salpistele

Photo by Mike Friedwald and The Dendroboard Forum

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra

Full ShadeWarm Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Small Flowered Salpistele

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Panama at elevations around 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a creeping, flexuous, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence with an inflated, oblique floral bract.

"Distinguished by the tiny, caespitose habit, the resupinate, gaping flowers are very small, the sepals measuring less than .16" [4 mm]. The petals are slender and ciliate. The tiny lip is sagittate and long-villous. Although similar in size and shape to S dressleri the lip is nearly as long as the cylindrical column. The lip od S dressleri is much smaller than the column." Luer 1991

Synonyms Stelis gnoma Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2002; Stelis parvula (Luer & Dressler) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing fide;