Stelis physoglossa Luer & F.Werner 2009 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Inflated Tongue Stelis [refers to the deeply concave labellum]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 1750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, imbricating, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, dark olive green, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect,distichous, subflexuous, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long including the 1.2" [3 cm] long, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;