Stelis serra Lindl. 1843 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Saw Stelis [refers to the raceme with prominent floral bracts]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Ecuador and northern Peru at elevations around 2700 to 3400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and earler winter on an erect, distichous, 4 to 6.8" [5 to 10 cm] long including the 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from near the apex of the ramicaul.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, Compendium Duque 2008