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

Common Name The Bashful Stelis [refers to the sensitive flowers]

Flower Size ..8" [2 mm]

Found in eastern & southern Ecuador at elevations around 1900 to 2250 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, congested, subsecund, 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long including the .4 to 3.2" [1 to 8 cm] long, bracteate peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts and carries flowers that can close the sepals when disturbed.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 wrong drawing; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;