Stelis anolis Luer 1979 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at he Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Anole-Like Stelis [an allusion to the resemblance of the flower to a lizard head]

Flower Size .4 [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador in wet montane forests at elevations around 1400 to 3200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the slender, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer, fall and earlier winter on an erect, sublax, distichous, 8 to 14" [20 to 35 cm] long including the 3.2 to 4.4" [8 to 11 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;