Stelis columnaris Lindl. 1859
SECTION Stelis Photo by © Alexander Reynolds and The U C Davis Website
Another Angle Photo by © Lourens Grobler
Common Name The Columnar Stelis [refers to the elongate column]
Flower Size .4" [1 cm]
Found in Pinchincha Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 1900 to 3100 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte on tree trunks with an ascending rhizome giving rise to branching ramicauls enveloped mostly by tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, narrowing below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a 3.2" [8 cm] long, racemose, distichous, slightly flexuous, laxly few flowered inflroescence with small, navicular floral bracts that are slightly shorter than the ovary.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIX Luer 2007; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide