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

Common Name The Oar-Shaped Stelis [refers to the leaf shape]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Loja Ecuador at elevations around 1250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obovate, obtuse to round, long acuminate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, congested, distichous, 2.4 to 3.6" [6 to 9 cm] long including the to 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, obtuse floral bracts.


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