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

Common Name The Rat Stelis [refers to the rat-tail like inflorescence]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Carchi Ecuador at elevations around 3300 meters as a miniature sized [each plantlet], cold, prolific growing epiphyte with erect, stout, prolific ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, close tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect to suberect, strict, congested, secund, to 2.8 to 4.8" [7 to 12 cm] long including the very short peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from near the apex of the ramicaul with inflated, oblique, acute floral bracts.


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