Stelis dimidiata Luer & Hirtz 2007

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

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Half Sized Stelis [refers to the flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Carchi Ecuador at elevations around 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, congested, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising through a sheath with infundibular, obtuse 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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