Stelis tumida Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Swollen Stelis [refers to the anterior of the callus]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another near the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the long-petiolate, slender base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, congested, distichous, 4.8" [to 12 cm] long including the to 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide