October 12, 2013

Stelis hirtella

These two tiny little Stelis are from Peru and Ecuador, at least if it is correctly identified.  I received the first species (with the purple-centered flowers) as an unidentified Stelis from Ecuador.  Someone has suggested that it is Stelis hirtella and and some of the pictures I've seen of that species match, though others do not.  The second plant, which does not have the purple centers, is also identified as Stelis hirtella, and is similar in plant size and form.  The plants are 3cm tall with 5-6cm flower spikes and 6mm flowers.  Perhaps someone who sees this posts is expert enough to sort these two out, but the Stelis species are notoriously difficult to distinguish.

Plant #1

Plant #2

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