Stelis mendozae Luer 2004 SECTION StelisDrawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Mendoza's Stelis [Ecuadorian Co-collector of species later 1900's]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early spring onan erect, sublax, distichous, subflexuous, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe at the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.


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