Stelis secunda Luer & Dalström 2004 SECTION Stelis Photo by © Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Secund Stelis [refers to the flowers positioning]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Imbabura Ecuador at elevations of 3300 to 3700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with an ascending, repent rhizome givingrise to erect ramicauls enveloped by 2, close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on an erect, strict, congested, secund, 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long including the 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a narrow, tubular spathe from an annulus near the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, infundibular, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide;