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Not Stelis itatiayae, but…

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Jeff Harris, Aug 21, 2022.

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Anyone else have this Stelis not itatiayae?

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  1. Jeff Harris

    Jeff Harris New Member

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    Though I have many Stelis orchids in my collection labelled as just “species,” I was hoping this one that came labelled with an actual species name from a friend in the SF Bay Area Pleurothallid Alliance as “Stelis itatiayae?”; but alas it looks like on page 1921 of Parsons & Gerritsen’s new 2nd Ed Vol 4 Compendium of miniature orchid species as another “Stelis sp” from Ecuador photographed in Marni Turkel’s collection (see pics published vs mine) - at least I found it referenced somewhere :)
     

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  2. Jeff Harris

    Jeff Harris New Member

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    And here’s a reference link to Stelis itatiayae:
    IOSPE PHOTOS
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Jeff, how big is the plant?
     
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    2-3”
     

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  5. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have this from Walter Teague from the mid 1980's. He collected it in Ecuador. It is my favorite Stelis. I have shown it to several taxonomists who have all said something to the effect of "Yes, I've seen that before but I don't have a name for it." None of them wanted to pursue it.
     
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