Stelis saurocephala Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Nexipous Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Lizard Head Stelis [refers to the flower shape]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 950 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a long tubular sheath above the base and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, congested, distichous, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long including the very short peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with tubular floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2004 drawing fide;