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

Common Name Niki's Stelis [Ecuadorian daughter of Alexander Hirtz, Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tungurahua Ecuador at elevations around 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect, prolific ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 imbricating others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, subdense, distichous, to 7.2" [to 18 cm] long including the 1.2" [3 cm] long peduncle, successively 2 to 3, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe near the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.


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