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

Common Name The Hidden Stelis [refers to the sheath covered ramicaul

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1600 meters as a miniature sized densely caespitose, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls completely enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath from below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 occasionally 2, erect, congested, distichous, 4.8 to 9.6" [12 to 24 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6 " [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicual with oblique, acute floral bracts.


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