Stelis liberalis Luer & J.Portilla 2004 SECTION StelisDrawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Free Stelis [refers to the sepals not touching]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tungaruahua and Sucumbios Ecuador at elevations around 2700 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphtye with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath and 2 to 3 shorter ones at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the late spring, late summer and fall on an erect, slender, strict, congested, subsecund, 4.8 to 6.4" [12 to 16 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [4 to 6 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, dilate, obtusely acuminate floral bracts.


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