Stelis depauperata Lindl. 1859 SECTION Humboldtia Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Wretched Stelis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 1400 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, acool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on 2 erect, subcongested, distichous, 5.2 to 6.4" [13 to 16 cm] long, including the 1.6" [4 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis gracilispica C.Schweinf. 1951; Stelis graminosa Luer & Hirtz 2007; Stelis suaveolens F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S gracilispica drawing ok; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976 as S gracilispica drawing good; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2005 as S gracilispica drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as S graminosa drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide