~Stelis cryptopetala Luer & Hirtz 2007 - See Stelis schomburgkii Fawc. & Rendle 1910 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Hidden Petal Stelis [refers to the out of sight petals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 3000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, subacute to rounded, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter an erect, secund, congested, 4 to 5.2" [10 to 13 cm] long, including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, tubular floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 drawing fide;