Stelis globiflora Rchb.f. 1878 SECTION Humboldtia Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Spherical Flowered Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador in scrub forests at elevations around 1000 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer through winter on an erect, flexible, subflexuous, lax, 1.6 to 2.6" [4 to 6.5 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaenously several flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing hmm; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX 2009 drawing fide