Stelis embreei Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Humboldtia

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TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Deep shade Warm Cool Winter Spring

Common Name Embree's Stelis [Original Co-Collector of Species 1900's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe, Napo and Morona-Santiago provinces of Ecuador at elevations of 950 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by a tubular shaeth and another above and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a suberect, arising through an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, lax, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long including the 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] successively few, single flowered inflorescence and has oblique, acute, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with a purple dorsal sepal, yellow lateral sepals, purple petals and a purple lip.

" Related to the variable sized S nana but the raceme of S embreei is lax and fractiflex, about as long as the leaf, the dorsal sepal is incompletely 7 veined, the petals are thickened and semilunate and the lip is discoid, not convex, with the apex rounded and with the base truncate with a pubescewnt callus." Luer 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV A First Century of Stelis of EcuadorStelis Luer 2002

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV A First Century of Stelis of Ecuador Stelis Luer 2002 drawing good;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide