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


Common Name The Mountain Pass Stelis [refers to the pass in Loja where the species occurs]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, sublax, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long including the 1.6 to .4 to .8 " [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from the apex of the ramicaul with oblique acute floral bracts.


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