Stelis viridibrunnea F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899 SECTION Stelis Photo by Byron Rinke

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

Common Name The Purplish Brown Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Loja Ecuador at elevations of 2600 to 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath and 2 others below and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below in tothe petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, slender, laxly, to 10.4" [ to 26 cm] long including the 5.6" [14 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaenosuly several flowered inflorescence with several distnt bracts, arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has tubular, acute floral bracts

Often cited as a synonym of S major but differs in the narrower leaves, the proportionally shorter, loose, several flowered raceme bourne by a three times longer peduncle and flowers that are about 1/2 the size.

CAUTION I am not convinced that the photo is correctly identified so please use with caution!! The Drawing is more likely correct.

Synonyms Stelis procera Luer 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 as S procera drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 as S major photo ok but shows veins; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide