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

EARLY

Common Name The Small Cavern Stelis [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .24” [6 mm]

Found in Carchi Ecuador at elevations around 3500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, congested, distichous, 4.8” [12 cm] long including the .8” [2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with acute, oblique floral bracts.

Synonyms

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

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