Stelis gastrodes Luer & Hirtz 2009 SECTION Humboldtia Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Potbellied Stelis [refers to the synsepal shape]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador in cloud forest at elevations around 1500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath in the middle third and 2 to 3 tubular sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 3, erect, lax, subdistichous, 6 to 7.2" [15 to 18 cm] long including the 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with infundibular, oblique, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX 2009 drawing fide