Stelis stevensonii Luer 2004 SUBGENUS Stelis Duque 2008 Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Website

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

Common Name Stevenson's Stelis [American Past president of American Orchid Society current]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 1600 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, strict, subcongested, distichous, 4" [10 cm] long, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe with an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, obtuse floral bracts and carries most of the flowers open simultaneously all held in 2 ranks.

CAUTION the lip in the photo seems too short to be this species so please use with caution.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing ok;