Stelis mammillata Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Mammilian Stelis [refers to the bitumerous callus of the lip]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Carchi Ecuador at elevations around 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, fasciculate ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath in the middle third and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 2, erect, strict, densely congested, 4 to 5.2" [10 to 13 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus from below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 drawing fide