Stelis imbricans Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at he Jany Renz Herbaria Website
Common Name The Overlapping Stelis [refers to the flowers]
Flower Size .8 [2 mm]
Found in Bolivar Ecuador at elevations around 2650 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, very congested, secund, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has infundibular, oblique, acute floral bracts carrying overlapping flowers that all face the same direction.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide;