Stelis aperta Garay 1979 SECTION Nexiopus Photo by © Francisco Tobar and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Open Stelis [refers to the flat wide open flower]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador 2000 to 2700 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by a 3 tubular sheath with the upper one slightly inflated and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, acute, narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on an erect, subdensely, to 10.8” [to 27 cm] long including the short peduncle, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with oblique, cucullate-acute, acuminate floral bracts.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Sw. Duque 2008 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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