Stelis truncata Lindl. 1837 SECTION Humboldtia

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

Common Name The Truncate Stelis [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 2400 to 3500 meters as a small sized, cold growing, scandent epiphyte with erect, stout, prolific ramicauls enveloped by 2 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, subcongested, distichous, 3.2 to 7.2" [8 to 18 cm] long including the to .4 to 2.4" [1 to 6 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis cordibractea Schltr. 1921; Stelis fruticulus Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidaceaerum Perviarum Plate 772 Bennett & Christensosn 2001 drawing hmm plant not prolific?; Orchidaceae Stelis , A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide