Stelis nana Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Small Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to acute, cuneate below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, congested, distichous, 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus with infundibular, inflated, obtuse, floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis tessmannii Mansf. 1928

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S tessmanii; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 769 Bennett & Christenson 2001 Drawing not; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;