Stelis cuencana Schltr. 1921 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Cuenca Stelis [refers to the plants location]

Flower Size

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 1600 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by several elongated tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, linear-oblanceolate, obtuse, apiculate, narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, slender, 4.4" [11 cm] long, including the peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence and has obliquely infundibular, scarious floral bracts.

This species and S piestopus are both said to be synonyms of S tricardium by many authors but Luer keeps them separate. All three are related to S argentata.

Synonyms Stelis excavata Luer & Hirtz 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8: 53 Schlechter 1921 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 as S excavata drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Duque 2008; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;