Stelis loculifera Luer 1981 SECTION Stelis


Detail of and Holotype by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website


Drawing by Carl Luer/Oscar Duque

Common Name The small Cavity Carrying Stelis [refering to the small sepaline tube]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Chiriqui department of Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 1700 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath near the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptical, acute, tridenticulate, cuneate below into the slender, long-petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, arising through a spathe from near the apex of the ramicaul, congested, 8 to 11.2" [20 to 28 cm] long, including the 2" [5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

"Recognized by the slender ramicaul longer than the long-petiolate leaves. A very long, many flowered inflorescence of purple flowers, similar, nonspreading sepals connate basally into a short sepal tube filled with the remaining floral parts, the flabellate petals, a thick, subquadrate lip with a bilobed callus on top and a column with centrally confluent stigmatic lobes." Luer 1981" Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 49: 229 Luer 1981 ;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;