Stelis pristis Luer 1981 SECTION StelisDrawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Sawfish Stelis [refers to the flowers positioning on the inflorescence]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cotopaxi Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a miniature to just small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, distichous, congested, 4.8 to 6" [12 to 15 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, inflated, acute floral bracts and carrying flowers held perpendiculary to the rachis.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;