Stelis polyantha Luer & Hirtz 2004 SUBGENUS Stelis Duque 2008 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

A flower?

Another Flower? Photos by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Many Flowered Stelis

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Imbabura Ecuador at elevations around 3300 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, congested, subsecund, 6.4 to to 8.8" [16 to 22 cm] long including the 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long peduncle, many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe and has broadly obtuse, tubular floral bracts and carries most of the flowers open simultaneously.

CAUTION I am not postitive with this photo determination so please use with caution, the drawing is absolutely correct. I do not like the size of the column versus the rest of the structure and the lip is different.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing ok [i do not like the size of the column versus the rest of the structure in the photos, the drawing is absolutely correct]