Stelis coarctaca Luer 2009 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Shortened Stelis [Refers to length of the ramicauls]

Flower Size .12 [3 mm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, very short, proportionately stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, narrowing below into the shortly to subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, subcongested, secund, 1.8 [4.5 cm] long including the .6 to 1 [2.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising near the base of the ramicaul with infundibular, oblique, acute floral bracts.

Similar to the Venezuelan S coriifolia in habit but differs in the flowers significantly


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