Stelis triplicata Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis

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

Common Name The Three Plicate Stelis [refers to the plicate corners between the sepals - an artifact caused by the drying and hydration of an old wilted flower]

Flower Size .025" [1 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago and Sucumbios Ecuador at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others below and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the sessile to subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, congested, distichous, 14" [to 35 cm] long including the 4" [10 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus near the apex of the ramicaul with inflated, oblique, acuminate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Stelis , A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide