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

Common Name The Knob Stelis [refers to the callus on the dorsum of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Loja Ecuador at elevations around 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to round, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, lax, distichous, 4.4" [11 cm] long including the 1.2" [3 cm] long peduncle, successively 2 to 3, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, acute floral bracts.


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