Stelis maloi Luer 1981 SECTION Stelis Photo by Alexander Hirtz

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

Part shade Cool LATE Spring Summer Fall

Common Name Malo's Stelis [Ecuadorian Collector of species current]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in southern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2, loose, imbricating tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute, tridenticulate, gradually narrowing and cuneate into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring through fall on a loose, simultaneously 2 to 3, few flowered, 1.2 to 2.8" [3 to 7 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, racemose inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique foral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide