Stelis viridula Luer 1981 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Greenish Stelis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago and Pastaza Ecuador in montane forests at elevations around 1000 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, ribbed, thin tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer fall and winter on a suberect, slightly flexuous, laxly, 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously 2 to 4, several flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz , A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;