Stelis santiagoi Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Humboldtia Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Common Name Santiago's Stelis [Ecuadorian Collector of species currrent]

Flower Size .1" [3 mm]

Found in SE Ecuador in rainforests at elevations around 800 meters as a small to just medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with ascending erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 basal, loose, tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, congested, distichous, 8 to 12 " [20 to 30 cm] long including the 4 to 4.8" [10 to 12 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered, racemose inflorescnece arising through an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and subtended by a spathe.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing good