Stelis hydroidea Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer The Swiss Orchid Foundation at he Jnay Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Hydroid-Like Stelis [refers to the long pubescent callus on the dorsum of the lip]

Flower Size .12 [3mm]

Found in Loja and Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador in wet montane forests at elevations around 2200 to 2450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with erect, slender, fasciculate ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another above the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, more or less arching, congested, 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 simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus at the the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, inflated, acute floral bracts.


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