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

Common Name The Triple Stelis [refers to the three similar sepals]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago and Azuay Ecuador at elevations of 2400 to 3300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obovate, acute to round, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the in the winter on an erect, loose below congested above, racemose, 12" [to 30 cm] long including the 4" [10 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe with infundibular, inflated, oblique, acute floral bracts.


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