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

Common Name The Hook Bearing Stelis [refers to the tip of the labellum]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 2800 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 imbricating sheaths below and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect then arching, 14.8 to 17.6" [37 to 44 cm] long including the 4" [10 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with tubular, obtuse floral bracts.


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