Stelis elatissima Luer & Hirtz 2007SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Very Tall Stelis [refers tothe inflorescence

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Imbabura Ecuador at elevations around 2300 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-oblong, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 2, erect, slender, congested, distichous, 9.2 to 13.6" [23 to 34 cm] long including the 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.


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