Stelis esmeraldae Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Esmeraldas Stelis [refers to the where the species occurs]

Flower Size .14" [4 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas Ecuador at elevations around 300 to 750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls with a tubular sheath and 1 to 2 shorter ones at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ellitpical, subacute to obtuse, tridenticulate, narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, loose, flexuous, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from below the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, acute floral bracts.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 Drawing fide

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