Stelis megalocephala Luer 1981 SECTION StelisDrawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Large Head Stelis [refers to the large dorsal sepal]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago and Tungurahua Ecuador at elevations around 1600 to 1630 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ellipitcal, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and summer on a suberect, lax, flexuous, .6 to 1.4" [1.5 to 3.5 cm] long including the .2 to .8" [.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, successively single, 2 to 7 flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide