Stelis espinosae Luer & Endara 2009 SECTION Stelis Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website
Common Name Espinosa's Stelis [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast and Collecotr of species current]
Flower Size .14" [4 mm]
Found in Loja Ecuador at elevations around 3100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls with a loose, tubular sheath from below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ellitpical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, congested, subflexuous, 1.2" [3 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, several flowered inflorescence arising througha spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, acute floral bracts.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 Drawing fide