Stelis hutchisonii D.E.Benn. & Christenson

Type Drawing Drawing by Christenson The Swiss Orchid Foundation at he Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Hutchison's Stelis [American Orchid Enthusiast and collector of species]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 graduated, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly oblong, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, terete, fractiflex, secund, to 2.4" [6 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several to many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from the apex of the ramicaul and has short, clasping, ovate-lanceolate acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 767 Bennett & Christenson 2001 Drawing fide;