Stelis piperina Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Peperomia-Like Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Panama? and Ecuador at elevations around 1500 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with ascending, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 ribbed, tubular sheaths with minutely ciliate-papular margins and carrying a single, apical, suberect to pendent, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and early fall on a pendent, sublax, distichous, to 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul broadly ovate, cucullate, acuminate, acute floral bracts.

Similar to S pollex but it has acute, ovate leaves and a deeper more concave synsepal


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;