Stelis tarda Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Humboldtia Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Slow Stelis [refers to the slow succession of flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Sucumbios Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 3600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and another 1 to 2 sheaths below the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, subcongested, distichous, to 1.6 to 2.8" [4 to 7 cm] long including the .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, slowly successively 1 to 2, several flowered inflorecence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, tubular, acute floral bracts.


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