Stelis picea Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Nexipous Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Pitch Black Stelis [refers to the flowers]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 1400 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the midle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, congested, to 6.8" [to 17 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising througha spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.


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