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Orchid Species: Stelis lapoi

Kew currently accepted name is Stelis purpurea

Stelis lapoi is an orchid species identified by Luer & Hirtz in 2007. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Stelis purpurea.
Stelis (Ste.)
Luer & Hirtz
ORIGIN: Found in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 1800 meters.

DESCRIPTION: Mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early winter on a solitary, erect, congested, distichous, 4.8 to 6.4 [12 to 16 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2 [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising from a node below the apex of the ramicaul and has tubular floral bracts.

FLOWER SIZE: 0.2 inches [5 mm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Stelis Ste macrantha 1907 (L.O.Williams) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase
Add+ Stelis Ste purpurea 1805 (Ruiz & Pav.) Willd.
Add+ Stelis Ste robusta 1918 Schltr.
Add+ Stelis Ste saxicola 1912 Schltr.
Add+ Pleurothallis Pths longirepens 1921 Schltr.
Add+ Pleurothallis Pths rhizomatosa 1921 Schltr.
Add+ Stelis Ste abrupta 1876 Rchb.f.
Add+ Stelis Ste acutissima 1859 Lindl.
Add+ Stelis Ste alpina 2004 Luer & Hirtz
Add+ Stelis Ste asseris 1997 O.Duque
Add+ Stelis Ste connata 1827 C.Presl
Add+ Stelis Ste densiflora 1859 Lindl.
Add+ Stelis Ste dentata 1997 O.Duque
Add+ Stelis Ste dubia 1859 Lindl.
Add+ Stelis Ste endocharis 1876 Rchb.f.
Add+ Stelis Ste hemicardia 1876 Rchb.f.
Add+ Stelis Ste huancabambae 1916 Kraenzl.
Add+ Stelis Ste pachyphylla 1920 Schltr.
Add+ Stelis Ste pachystele 1920 Schltr.
Add+ Stelis Ste phaeantha 1921 Schltr.
Add+ Stelis Ste robustior 1979 Garay
Add+ Stelis Ste rusbyi 1895 Rolfe
Add+ Stelis Ste yungasensis 1929 Schltr.
Add+ Stelis Ste repanda 2002 Luer & Hirtz
Add+ Pleurothallis Pths purpurea 1921 (Ruiz & Pav.) Schltr.
Add+ Stelis Ste cupuligera 1854 Rchb.f. & Warsz.
Add+ Pleurothallis Pths longerepens 1921 Schltr.
Add+ Humboltia Humboltia purpurea 1798 Ruiz & Pav.
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