Stelis gentryi Luer & Dodson 2004 SECTION Labiatae Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Gentry's Stelis [American Orchid Enthusiast and Collector of species later 1900's - early 2000's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Carchi Ecuador in scrub forests at elevations around 3100 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a short tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, subacute to acute, narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on 2 to 6, erect to suberect, congested, distichous, 1.6 to 2.8" [4 to 7 cm] long including the .32 to .6" [.8 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaenously many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with broadly tubular floral bracts.


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