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Stelis viridipurpurea

Stelises do like to stay moist, if not actually soggy, but are not as picky about temperature fluctuations as Masdevallias, and deal with the summer heat better.  The leaves on this are about 3-4″ long; it’s a miniature, but not a micro-mini like morganii or micrantha.  It’s another reliable bloomer, as long as it isn’t allowed to dry out.

Stelis viridipurpurea

This one was acquired from Parkside in July, I believe.  It had finished blooming, but has bloomed for me twice since then.  Same growing conditions as my other Stelises — shady to semi-shady, and kept pretty soggy.  Mostly, Stelises like the same conditions as Masdevallias, except are more tolerant of summer heat.  I keep mine indoors all year, so they benefit from two or three months worth of air conditioning, when it’s too hot to make do with open windows.

The flowers, as the name implies, are a rather nice reddish purple.  They’re a little less than 1/4″ across.