Stelis odobenella Luer 1981 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Walrus-Like Stelis [refers to the tusk-like stigmatic processes]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago, Pastaza and Loja Ecuador at elevations of 1270 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and summer on a suberect, flexible, flexuous, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively 1 to 2, few flowered inflorescence from an annulus below the apex of the ramicual with infundibular, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Duque 2008 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;