Stelis maniola Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Dialissa Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Hobgoblin Stelis [an allusion to its being frightful in appearance]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Esmeraldas Ecuador at elevations of 750 to 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm grwing epiphyte with ascending, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute, narrowly acuminate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a erect, congested, distichous, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4.5 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.


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