Stelis opimipetala Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Fat Petaled Stelis

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe, Pastaza, Bolivar and Morona-Santiago provines of Ecuador at elevations around 1150 to 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring, summer and fall on an erect to suberect, loose, flexuous, to 1.2" [3 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, successively 1 to 2, few flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2004 drawing fide;