Stelis kareniae Luer 1996 SECTION Humboldtia


TYPE Drawing

Photos by Bogarin/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Karen's Stelis [American Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in San Jose province of Costa Rica at elevations around 1650 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 basal sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, subdense, distichous, 12.8 to 17.6" [32 to 44 cm] long including the 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, oblique acute, just shorter thant he ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with red-purple sepals and a purple central apparatus.

"Characterized by the well developed ramicauls and elliptival, petiolate leaves. The inflorescence flowers successively, with several flowers simultaneously, to reach up to 19.2" [48 cm] long, The sepals of the non-resupinate flowers are fleshy with recurves, long-ciliate margins. The lateral sepals are held uppermost into a concave synsepal that covers the central apparatus. The dorsal sepal protrudes from below. The margins f the etals are thick and microscopically pubescvent. The dorsum of the subqudrate lip is densely short pubescent." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 11(2): 100, f. 31. Luer 1996

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;