Stelis aphidifera Luer & Dalström 2007 SECTION StelisDrawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Aphid Carrying Stelis [refers to the appearance of the raceme]

Flower Size .04” [1 mm]

Found in El Oro Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with very slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, subdensely, 1.2 to 1.8” [3 to 4.5 cm] long including the .4” [1 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneous many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 drawing fide;

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