Stelis prolata Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION StelisDrawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Stretched Out Stelis [refers to the elongated rhizome]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Sucumbios Ecuador at elevations around 2700 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized [each plantlet], cold growing epiphyte with an elongate rhizome giving rise to erect-ascending, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2, loose, imbricating tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect to suberect, flexuous, subdense, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several 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 XXIV Luer 2004 drawing fide;