Stelis glumacea Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Glumaceous Stelis [an allusion to the conspicuous, floral bracts

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Pichincha and Imbabura Ecuador at elevaions around 1400 to 2100 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath above the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, distichous, congested, 6.4 to 8" [16 to 20 cm] long including the 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long the 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 XXX 2009 drawing fide