Stelis exacta Luer & Hirtz 2004 SUBGENUS Stelis Duque 2008 Photo by Francisco Tobar and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Precise Stelis [refers to the flowers placement on the inflorescence]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Azuay Ecuador on the western slope of the Andes at elevations around 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with fasciuclate, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a dense, erect, distichous, secund, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has infundibular, oblique, acute floral bracts and carries precisely placed alternate flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide