Stelis buxiflora Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Labiatae Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website
Common Name The Box-Like Flower Stelis [refers to the flower shape]
Flower Size .12” [3 mm]
Found in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations of 2500 to 2750 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, subacute to acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 2 to 3, erect, congested, distichous, 3.2” [13 to 18 cm] long including the 2” [5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a 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 XXVI Luer 2007 drawing fide