Stelis lanuginosa Luer & Dalström 2004 SECTION Stelis Photo by © Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Wooly Stelis [refers to the sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tungurahua and Sucumbios Ecuador at elevations of 2700 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphtye with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by a loose tubular sheath and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring through fall on a solitary, erect, congested, distichous, 7.2" [to 18 cm] long,mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has narrowly oblique acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 as S languinosa photo fide;