Stelis cryophila luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Stelis Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website
Common Name The Cold Loving Stelis [refers to the habit]
Flower Size .12" [3 mm]
Found in Carchi Ecuador at elevations around 3400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout, prolific ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on 1 to 3, congested, overlapping, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising from a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, acute floral bracts.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 drawing fide;