Stelis hirtzii Luer 2002 SUBGENUS Dialissa Duque 2008 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Lisa Thoerle


Common Name Hirtz's Pleurothallis [German Engineer, Orchid Enthusiast and Orchid Collector in Ecuador current]

Flower Size 1/8" [3mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador at elevations of 1400 to 3200 meters in forests as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ascending, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 3 to 4, imbricating tubular sheaths and carries a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse leaf that gradually narrows into a long petioleate base. This species blooms on an erect, 2 2/5" to 4 2/5" [6 to 11 cm] long, distantly 4 to 5 flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and having an oblique, acute, acuminate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV A First Century Of New Species of Stelis of Ecuador Part One Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide