Stelis ramificans Luer & Endara 2007 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Branching Stelis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 2700 meters as a miniature sized [each plantlet], cold growing, prolific epiphyte with stout, prolific ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect, slender, congested, distichous, 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with tubular, obtuse, oblique floral bracts.


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