Stelis cingens Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website
Common Name The Surrounding Stelis [refers to the petalstotally encompassing the central apparatus]
Flower Size .16” [4 mm]
Found in Bolivar Ecuador at elevations around 2650meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a stout rhizome giving rise to an erect to ascending, slender ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath and another 1 to 2 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the long-petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a strict, erect, congested, secund, 6.8” [17 cm] long including the .6” [1.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul with inflated, oblique, obtuse floral bracts.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing good;