Stelis tempestuosa Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Stelis Photo by Alexander Hirtz

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

Common Name The Stormy Stelis [refers to the cold, wet, windy pass where the species was discovered]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe and Morona-Santiago Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2700 to 3200 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and another 2 to 3 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to acute, gradually narrwowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, congested, distichous, flexuous, 1.2 to 4.8" [3 to 12 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing fide/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide