Stelis brachyrachis Luer & Hirtz 2004 SUBGENUS Stelis Duque 2008 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cold EARLY Fall

Common Name The Short Rachis Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular sheaths with another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early fall on an erect slightly flexuous, distichous, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescnece


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing