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


Common Name The Four Part Stelis [refers to the pollinarum]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Azuay Ecuador at elevations around 2900 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an ascending rhizome giving rise to an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obovate, rounded, cuneate below into the narrow petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect, more or less secund, subdense, to 8" [to 20 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, successively 1 to 3, many flowered inflorescence arising through a fugaceous spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul with inflated, acute floral bracts.


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