Stelis pugiunculi Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis


DrawingPhoto/Drawing by S Manning/Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Little Daggers Stelis [refers to the leaves and or the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Pichincha and Carchi Ecuador at elevations around 1500 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ascending, slender, prolific ramicauls enveloped by a thin tubular sheath near the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly linear-elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, distichous, dense, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long including the .4" [ to 1 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis pterostylis Schltr. 1915

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