Stelis nutans Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis

Type drawing of S manabina Drawing by Carl Luer/Dodson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name or Meaning The Noding Stelis [refers to the flowers position]

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests or wet scrubby dwarf forests at elevations of 1180 to 3000 meteres as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped bya cloose tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptic, acute, petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on 1 to 3, erect, congested, distichous, 3.2 to 6.8" [8 to 17 cm] long including the .4 to 1" [1 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe, from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with, thin, oblique floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis manabina Dodson & Garay 1980

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum plate 327 Dodson 1980 as S manabina Drawing good; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A COmpendium Duque 2008 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;