Stelis lancea Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at he Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Spear Stelis [refers to the leaf shape]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Pichincha Ecuador at elevations around 2500 to 2950 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on 1 to 2, erect, distichous, 4 to 6" [10 to 14 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] peduncle, mostly simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;