Stelis alternans Luer & Hirtz 2004 SUBGENUS Stelis Duque 2008 Photo by S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

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

Common Name The Alternating Stelis [refers to the flowers in the inflorescence]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 1300 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath and 2 others at the abse and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly linear-elliptic, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, congested, distichous, mostly simultaneous, several to many flowered, 4.4 to 4.8" [11 to 12 cm] long, closely spaced inflorescence arising through a slender spathe at the base of the leaf with oblique, obtuse floral bracts with alternating flowers all facing in the same direction

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide

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