Stelis pachyphyta Luer & Hirtz 2002 Section Stelis Luer 2002 Photo courtesy of Walter Teague.

Common Name The Broad-Leafed Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1900 to 2100 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with short, erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 large, loose tubualr sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, broadly ovate, abtuse, conduplicate in the lower half, rounded at the sessile base leaf that blooms on a thick, rigidly erect, very congested, 7.2 to 9.6 [18 to 24 cm] long including the 4 to 6 [10 to 15 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising through a spathe from the base of the leaf with broad tubular 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 good; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide