Stelis flexuosissima Luer & Hirtz 2002 SUBSECTION Stelis

Inflorescence Photos by Duane Mcdowell and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Most Flexuous Stelis

Flower Size .2" [6mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador in montane forests at elevations around 2100 to 3100 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath above the middle and 2 more at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect to suberect, flexible, flexuous, subcongested, 5 to 9.2" [12.5 to 23 cm] long, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising froman annukus below the apex of the ramicaul with 1 to 4 simultaneously open flowers at any one time.

For all intents and purposes this plant is just a monster version of S concinna. The only difference with the inflorescene and flowers are the distinct floral bracts which are not evident easily on S concinna and the more flexuous inflorescence.

SEE ALSO S flexuosa and S concinna


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing good