Stelis yanganensis Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Stelis Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

type drawing of S similis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Yangana Stelis [A town in southern Ecuador]

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 2450 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms summer and fall on an erect, subcongested, subflexuous, .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long including the .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively several, many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising through an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has several flowers open simulataneously.

Synonyms Stelis similis Luer & Hirtz 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as S similis drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing