Stelis strobilacea Luer 2007 SECTION Humboldtia Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Overlapping Scales Stelis [refers to the floral bracts]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 2500 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphtye with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath on the lower third and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 2, erect, distichous, loose to congested, to 6+" [to 15 cm +] long including the 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorecence arising through a spathe below the apex of the ramicaul with overlapping bracts above and acuminate, acute floral bracts.


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