Stelis zelenkoi Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Nexiopus Photos by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

Common Name Zelenko's Stelis [American Orchid Enthusiast and Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 mm]

Found in Marona-Santiago Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 1400 to 1800 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 basal, tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical-oblong, subacute to obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, subcongested, distichous, to 8" [ 20 cm] long including the 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising through an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and is subtended by a spathe and has several flowers open simultaneously.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide;