Stelis fortis Luer & Dalström 2004 SECTION Humboldtia Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Vigorous Stelis [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador in wet forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a large sized, cool growing, scandent epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect to suberect, lax, distichous, to 13.2" [to 33 cm] long including the 6" [15 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 XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide;