Stelis discolor Rchb.f. 1855 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Different Colored Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Narino Colombia and Pichincha and Bolivar Ecuador at elevations around 2800 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on an erect, congested, secund, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with tubular, obtuse floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis barbicollis Lindl. 1859; Stelis pilostylis Schltr. 1915; Stelis sodiroi Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide