Pleurothallis stelidiopsis Luer 1981 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Stelis-Like Pleurothallis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Loja Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2250 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, ascending to erect ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath below the middle 2 to 3 imbricating others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a congested, secund, 2.8 to 7.2" [7 to 18 cm] long including the 1.2" [3 cm] long, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the abscission layer and has an infundibular floral bract that envelopes the pedicel.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe stelidiopsis (Luer) Luer 2004; Stelis stelidiopsis (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1998 drawing fide