Stelis disticha Poepp. & Endl. 1836 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Two Ranked Stelis [refers to the flowers on the inflorescence]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador and Huanuco Peru at elevations around 1050 to 1500 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath and another below and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect to arching, distichous, 3.2 to 5.2" [8 to 13 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, densely mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique floral bracts.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------